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March 2015
Date Published News headline and description
27 March 2015 Captions can help address disability education funding crisis
New data has been released showing that Australian schools are struggling to fund the educational support needs of students with a disability. For...
24 March 2015 Netflix launches in Australia with captions
The US-based video-on-demand (VOD) service Netflix launched in Australia today. The good news for Deaf and hearing impaired viewers is that virtually...
18 March 2015 NSW set for web accessible 2015 election
The forthcoming NSW election is looking to be one of Australia’s more accessible state elections thanks to the remote electronic voting system, iVote...
16 March 2015 Disability employment: the three key questions
Answering three key technology questions for job seekers, employers and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) lies at the heart of...
11 March 2015 NVDA remote access crowdfunding campaign launches
Third party supporters of NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access), the free screen reading software, have launched a campaign seeking financial support to...
06 March 2015 #CSUN15 wrap up
The world’s major accessibility conference, the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (#CSUN15) is close to...
06 March 2015 Human Rights Commission releases guidance for businesses
The Australian Human Rights Commission has moved to encourage the private sector to better integrate disability rights, among a host of other human...
05 March 2015 Mobile device accessibility recognised
The work of mobile developers in improving access for people with disabilities has been recognised at the 20th Global Mobile Awards.
February 2015
Date Published News headline and description
24 February 2015 Bloggers encouraged to audiocast their posts
A campaign has been launched to encourage bloggers and other online content creators to provide audiocasts with their posts. Speak Your Word, an...
19 February 2015 Q&A: IAAP’s CEO Chris Peck
The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), the body created to promote the development of an accessibility profession,...
18 February 2015 Audio description app trialled in the UK
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has commenced a trial of a new app designed to deliver audio description for programs on video-on...
16 February 2015 Harvard & MIT sued over lack of captions
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are being sued for the alleged discrimination against people who are Deaf or...
04 February 2015 Web accessibility is everyone’s responsibility
As anyone familiar with the web accessibility space will have noted, discrimination complaints against companies who do not make their websites and...
January 2015
Date Published News headline and description
30 January 2015 Don’t make consumers the TV access police
Media Access Australia is concerned that the proposed approach to reforming captioning regulation is going too far in shifting responsibility towards...
30 January 2015 Inclusive design and improving access for people with visual impairments
In the UK, young people aged 16-25 who have a vision impairment are twice as likely as others their age not to be in employment, education or...
29 January 2015 Deloitte reveals media, technology predictions
Consultancy firm Deloitte has released its predictions into major technology, communications and media trends for 2015.
28 January 2015 Consultation paper provides opportunity to comment on TV captioning regulations
The Federal Government today released a consultation paper which proposes a number of changes to the regulations governing free-to-air television....
28 January 2015 Call for participants in new Twitter and communication disabilities study
A new Australian study into the ways in which people with communication disabilities use the social media platform Twitter for information exchange...
28 January 2015 Virtual reality (VR): Accessing its potential
Virtual reality (VR) is coming closer to realisation and mainstream adoption, opening up both potential and pitfalls for people with disabilities.
27 January 2015 Accessible documents and automated tools
Media Access Australia spoke to Dr Jason Guo, Systems Architect and Web Developer at XiNG Digital, ahead of his presentation on using an automated...

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