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June 2016
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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...
07 June 2016 A demo of Microsoft Office 365’s new accessibility features
Microsoft has recently updated Office 365 with three main new features that enhance accessibility for users with vision impairments. We provide an...
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...
01 June 2016 Vivid Sydney includes AD at the festival
Last week Sydney saw the launch of Vivid, which is claimed to be the largest Winter festival of light, music and creativity in the country. Although...
May 2016
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30 May 2016 A disabled gamer influenced Naughty Dog to improve accessibility in Uncharted 4
Video game developer Naughty Dog has recently updated the accessibility options, thanks to the insight from a gamer with cerebral palsy.  After...
27 May 2016 ACMA publishes preliminary captioning exemption orders for Telstra Pay TV
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has published preliminary exemption orders for 34 channels provided on Telstra Pay TV for...
25 May 2016 More than 2,300 people have signed to legislate closed captioning in NZ
On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, 19 May 2016, the New Zealand Captioning Working Group submitted a petition to Mojo Mathers, Green MP, with...
23 May 2016 “Okay Google, turn on Voice Access”
As part of its focus to make Android devices more accessible to people with disabilities, Google has launched Voice Access Beta, a new accessibility...
13 May 2016 VoiceView improves vision-impaired access on budget-priced Kindles
Earlier this week Amazon introduced text-to-voice accessory ‘VoiceView‘ to its more affordable Kindle models, starting with the Kindle Paperwhite (...
12 May 2016 Apple Store adds new access section in time for Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Individuals with impairments can now find third party accessible accessories for Mac, iPad and iPhone devices to suit their specific needs under the...
04 May 2016 New updates by Twitter client app Twitterrific enhance accessibility for vision impaired users
Twitterrific, a Mac OS X and iOS client for the social networking site Twitter, has launched a host of new and improved accessibility features for...
April 2016
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20 April 2016 Netflix improves accessibility for the blind
In a court settlement with the American Council of the Blind (ACB), Netflix has agreed to include more audio description on its streamed content and...
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...
February 2016
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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.
June 2014
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25 June 2014 New York Times touts accessibility upgrades
The New York Times has announced that it has made accessibility improvements to its new site following the introduction of inaccessible features in a...
April 2014
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02 April 2014 Qantas improves in-flight accessibility
Australia’s national airline has drastically improved the experience of flying for blind and vision impaired passengers by making the devices used on...
November 2013
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13 November 2013 Forum to discuss accessible communications for councils
A Melbourne forum about accessible communications for local councils will be held on Thursday 14 November. Called the White Horse City Council...
August 2013
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29 August 2013 Audio described movie in Mudgee NSW
A community event is being held in Mudgee, NSW to raise awareness of audio description. A screening of the Baz Luhrmann film Australia will be...

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