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Australian web accessibility awarded

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The winners of the Australian Web Awards have been announced, recognising the importance of accessibility in web development and design.  The Cerebral Palsy Alliance took out the national award for best overall accessibility for its main website.

"We're delighted that there's a growing recognition of the importance of web accessibility in Australia," said Robyn Cummins, Manager of the Communication Design Team at Cerebral Palsy Alliance." With one in five Australians with a disability and a rapidly ageing population, it should be on every organisation's agenda."

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Swedish app massively expands audio described cinema

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A new mobile app provided through Sweden’s Available Cinema project will increase the number of audio described cinema sessions from 150 to 150,000 each year.

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According to the project manager, Lisa Wacklin, audio description was previously delivered live in the cinema and the app has allowed the huge increase by automating the process.


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Employment discrimination inquiry highlights value of digital accessibility

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The role of digital accessibility in helping reduce discrimination against older Australians and those with a disability—while helping create value for employers—has been recognised at the launch of a new inquiry.

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edX settles inaccessible online courses case

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Massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX has settled a case brought by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) alleging that its online courses breach accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Web accessibility underpins Australia’s Digital Transformation Office

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Web accessibility will play a crucial role in future design and delivery of online government services, according to the alpha website of the federal government’s forthcoming Digital Transformation Office (DTO).

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The office, which is due to launch on 1 July 2015, is tasked with not only improving the quality of government services, but making sure that they are digital by default and that they can be accessed by everyone in the community.

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Petition to make Steam accessible launched

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A Change.org petition has launched asking for the world’s largest digital game distribution platform, Steam, to be made accessible for people with disabilities.

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Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter adds closed caption support for videos

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Kickstarter, one of the world’s most popular crowdfunding platforms, has announced a new accessibility feature enabling entrepreneurs to add closed captions and subtitles for videos uploaded to its website.

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Facebook turns new leaf on accessibility

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Facebook has begun touting its accessibility credentials to developers and consumers alike, announcing that it has launched a new Accessibility Toolkit and that it is creating an accessibility culture.

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