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May 2015
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01 May 2015 Q&A with Robert Kingett: motivational speaker, author and video-on-demand accessibility advocate
Media Access Australia spoke to Robert Kingett, accessibility advocate, motivational speaker, author of “Off the Grid: Living Blind Without the...
April 2015
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27 April 2015 Why does Netflix’s accessible offering hit Presto and Stan for six?
Barely a moment after we were celebrating the launch of ABC’s long-awaited audio description service on the popular iview player video on demand (VOD...
22 April 2015 AD 2020 – what will happen to audio description in the next 5 years?
Predicting the future beyond the next year or two is a risky business, even more so if you are looking at media and digital services. Media Access...
15 April 2015 Employment discrimination inquiry highlights value of digital accessibility
The role of digital accessibility in helping reduce discrimination against older Australians and those with a disability—while helping create value...
10 April 2015 Web accessibility underpins Australia’s Digital Transformation Office
Web accessibility will play a crucial role in future design and delivery of online government services, according to the alpha website of the federal...
March 2015
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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
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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
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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...

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