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Name change for Australian DVD distributors’ association


From 1 February 2011, the Australian Visual Software Distributors Association (AVSDA), representative of the Australian film and TV home entertainment industry, will be known as the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA).

The Association plays a vital role in ensuring Australian DVD and Blu-ray products are released with captions and audio description. AHEDA has worked with consumer groups, Media Access Australia and the Australian Human Rights Commission since 2006 to improve access levels, and continues an educational campaign to members to encourage the importation of titles with access features and the local production of titles with access features.

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Sarah Pulis wins scholarship to US Nonprofit Technology Conference


Media Access Australia’s New Media Manager Sarah Pulis will soon be jetting off to Washington DC for the world’s largest nonprofit technology conference, after winning a scholarship for her commitment to access to technology and social media.

Sarah, who has been at Media Access Australia since the beginning of 2010, is one of three non-profit staff awarded Connecting Up Australia's scholarship, with entries submitted from all over Australia. Worth up to $5,000 each, the scholarships cover return airfares, a $500 contribution to meals and accommodation, and registration to the March conference, organised by the US Nonprofit Technology Network.

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Latest figures for audio described DVDs - January 2011


Audio described DVD titles on new release shelves during the month of January 2011 stand at 39% of all titles.

The DVD titles released since November 2010 with audio description include:

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iOS – iPad & iPhone

iOS is the operating system that runs on Apple mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad. Apple is generally credited with creating the first popular consumer accessible touch screen device with the inclusion of the VoiceOver screen reader in the iPhone 3GS.

Current versions of iOS contain a number of accessibility features closely related to the features found in OS X, the desktop and laptop Apple operating system. Features include:

Digital media and technology: 

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Access review of WebAnywhere


WebAnywhere is a simple, web-based screen reader that is limited to reading webpage content out to you. It works with any operating system and web browser, and no special software is required. It is ideal for use on a public computer.

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