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June 2016
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28 June 2016 Channel 4 seeks viewer feedback about its accessibility services
Channel 4 has created a survey to capture as much feedback as possible from people who view their programming with captions (subtitles in the UK),...
27 June 2016 Amazon launches new affordable, more accessible Kindles
Amazon has just launched a new range of Kindle ebook readers, starting at the affordable price of US$79. Best of all, they come with features that...
24 June 2016 Chris Mikul’s captioning legacy
Chris Mikul was the Project Manager of Media Access Australia since its inception and has been an active advocate for better captioning, audio...
22 June 2016 E3 Gaming conference accessibility announcements
This year at the EA's E3 Gaming Conference, a number of gaming companies and console producers announced their commitment to accessibility. We...
21 June 2016 Call for judges – Australian Web Award 2016
Would you like to be a judge, or do you know a suitably qualified professional who would like to, for this year’s Australian Web Awards? Applications...
17 June 2016 Political websites offer a lesson in access
Election campaigns… The drudgery of all those politicians, political parties and media outlets all vying for your attention. Trying to get the latest...
16 June 2016 Curtin University receives grant to investigate the impact of mobile apps on people with a disability
An investigation by researchers at Curtin University into how mobile apps can support individuals with a disability has been awarded the 2016 Dr...
14 June 2016 Apple announces minor software accessibility improvements at WWDC 2016 conference
Apple has announced a number of new features in its range of products at its annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), with a focus on...
10 June 2016 New Zealand holds an inquiry into captioning
New Zealand’s Government Administration Committee has announced an inquiry into captioning, and is seeking submissions from the public.
09 June 2016 PCWA online course aims to promote accessibility
Inclusion and accessibility are hot topics that impact on the daily lives of around 25% of the population who have a disability or impairment. And...
08 June 2016 How the blind experience the internet
What is the internet like when you have a vision impairment? Chris Moury, who has rapidly declining vision, speaks about this topic on Control Z, a...
06 June 2016 Audio description trial on iview ending soon
The trial of audio description on the ABC’s online iview service, which commenced in April 2015, will soon be drawing to a close.
02 June 2016 Election websites accessibility report – improving but still difficult to use
Media Access Australia’s Director of Digital Accessibility, Dr Scott Hollier, recently tested a number of websites related to the upcoming Federal...
May 2016
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17 May 2016 MAA launches the Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide
Cognitive disability can be a difficult condition to understand. This is particularly the case for organisations wanting to be able to find out how...
April 2016
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19 April 2016 Australia’s first disability-focused tech accelerator launched
Australia’s first disability-focused impact accelerator, Remarkable, held its official launch event on 31 March at the University of Sydney. The...
11 April 2016 The force is even stronger with AD and CC
The latest film in the Star Wars universe, The Force Awakens, is now available for sale in iTunes with audio description (AD) and closed captions, so...
08 April 2016 Australian Network on Disability seeks participants for Banking Accessibility Survey 2016
The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is conducting a new survey to extend its research into the accessibility of banking services, encouraging...
February 2016
Date Published News headline and description
22 February 2016 New era for Media Access Australia as CEO steps down
After a combined 20 years of working for Media Access Australia and its predecessor the Australian Caption Centre, CEO Alex Varley is stepping down...
01 February 2016 Languages and the media conference – a major access event
The biggest access conference in the world will take place in Berlin on 2-4 November 2016.
December 2015
Date Published News headline and description
23 December 2015 The most popular accessibility stories of 2015
As the year comes to a close, here’s a look back at some of the most popular articles and events regarding consumer accessibility across the web,...

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