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Web awards encourage accessibility in Australia

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The annual Australian Web Industry Association’s (AWIA) Awards were held last night in Sydney. This was the culmination of a number of state finals held in the previous month. The Awards recognise achievement and innovation by web agencies over the last year.

Media Access Australia supports the Awards and is a sponsor of the Government category. Our project manager Dr Scott Hollier was one of team of experts who assessed the accessibility of each nominated website.

Accessibility, which in past years had its own award, was a strong theme through the ceremony, advocated passionately by AWIA Chairman Bret Treasure. He told the audience that accessibility was a key criterion for judging and that all of the chosen entries had to have some notable levels of accessibility to eligible.

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Accessible air travel conference prepares for take off

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Washington DC is set to host the inaugural Air Travel Accessibility Conference for passengers with disability requiring access to airline and airport ground services as well as in flight services.

The Association for Airline Passenger Rights (AAPR) is seeking registrants for the conference, commencing 10 December, where aviation, business, disability, government and related stakeholders will convene to discuss and consider the needs of all passengers. Presentations are expected from a range of experts in the related fields.

The AAPR provides further information on the conference program and registration details on its website.


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OS X Mavericks released with improved accessibility

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Apple has updated its operating system for laptop and desktop computers to OS X Mavericks. The update includes a number of improvements which make Macs easier to use for people with a disability.

Accessibility improvements

Closed captioning support

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Student campaigns for real time captions at school

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Earlier this month high school senior Delanie Harrington delivered a petition of 1,900 signatures to the Poway Unified School District Board of Education in San Diego California asking for real time captioning in the classroom.

Real time captions provide equal access to education by offering a rolling transcript of a teacher’s voice. They are created by a professional captioner working in a remote location, who coverts an audio feed into text. While the school district makes American Sign Language interpreters available, as Harrington does not use sign language she requires captions.


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