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An accessible smartphone for under $200

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Motorola has produced a smartphone that for $US179 carries all the accessibility features of premium models.

The Moto G, an Android phone, runs on Jelly Bean 4.3, but Motorola has stated that it will be upgraded to the most recent version, KitKat, in January. This means that the phone includes accessibility features such as Android’s built-in screen reader and screen magnifier. In addition, other apps can be installed to help you customise the phone to suit your needs.

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New disability statistics show continuing need for access

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In 2012, there were 4.2 million Australians with a disability, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics survey results released yesterday. The results highlight the significance of access services for the Australian population.

The Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers shows that the percentage of Australians with a disability has remained steady since at 18.5 per cent since the survey was last conducted in 2009.


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Forum to discuss accessible communications for councils

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A Melbourne forum about accessible communications for local councils will be held on Thursday 14 November. Called the White Horse City Council Accessible Communication Forum, the aim of the event is to discuss how surrounding councils can provide accessible communications for the community. The forum is part of the White Horse City Council’s Accessible Communication Project.

Presenting at the forum will be Media Access Australia’s CEO Alex Varley. His presentation will look at council services and how online communications and social media can be used to service members of the community who have a disability and require access to essential council information.


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Jodi Awards acknowledge digital media access

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The tenth anniversary Jodi Awards were held this week at the UK’s annual Museums Conference, celebrating high quality projects that contribute to accessible digital culture.

Highlighting the best use of technology to widen access to information, learning, collections and creativity for people in museums, libraries, archives and heritage, the award categories were updated in this significant anniversary year to acknowledge the role digital media plays in everyday society.


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