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New caption quality rules take effect in the US

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has introduced new quality rules for closed captions on television which come into effect in the US on 16 March 2015.

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Disability employment: the three key questions

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Answering three key technology questions for job seekers, employers and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) lies at the heart of improving disability employment in Australia.

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The first of the three questions—‘What is the best way to provide ICT support to job seekers with disabilities?’—is an obvious one. But yet, it’s one that isn’t considered all that often.


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NVDA remote access crowdfunding campaign launches

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Third party supporters of NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access), the free screen reading software, have launched a campaign seeking financial support to help adapt the software and allow vision impaired computer users to remotely access another computer.

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#CSUN15 wrap up

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The world’s major accessibility conference, the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (#CSUN15) is close to wrapping up. If you missed some of the big sessions or want a handy recap on hot accessibility (#a11y) topics this year, check out Media Access Australia’s interviews with some of the key presenters.

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Human Rights Commission releases guidance for businesses

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The Australian Human Rights Commission has moved to encourage the private sector to better integrate disability rights, among a host of other human rights, into their business processes.

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Mobile device accessibility recognised

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The work of mobile developers in improving access for people with disabilities has been recognised at the 20th Global Mobile Awards.

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NVDA 2015.1 screen reader released: hands-on first impressions

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NVDA, the free screen reader for Windows which is one of the world’s most popular, continues to receive significant improvements with the latest version, 2015.1. Dr Scott Hollier provides a hands-on review and initial impressions of the latest software update from NV Access.

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While not a proficient screen reader user, I find it useful from time to time when trying to read web pages, documents and emails which are text-heavy, so I was interested to take the new version of NVDA for a spin on my Windows 8.1 machine.


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iPads, and improved access to education

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Media Access Australia spoke to Lyn Robinson, Assistive Technology Teacher and Principal Researcher in the iPad Project about how tablet computers are helping students with disabilities better access education.

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Vision Australia launches audio description campaign

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Vision Australia has launched Tell the Whole Story, a campaign calling for the introduction of audio description on television. The campaign asks that people write to the Minister of Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, to express their need for the service.

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