Sensory impairment

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Apple iPad and iBooks

An apple iPad can be used as an eReader through the use of an app called iBooks, which is free in the apple store. iBooks can read aloud eBooks downloaded or purchased through the book store. It can also open ePub and PDF documents available on the device.

The accessibility features for iBooks are:

Digital media and technology: 

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Media Access Australia annual reports

Media Access Australia annual reports are uploaded to the website in the latter half of each calendar year.You can view accessible annual reports in both PDF and Word doc formats.

The latest report is for the 2016-2017 Financial Year. Previous reports from 2008 onwards are also listed.

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Policy and web accessibility

There is no general commercial requirement for online media to be accessible. However some VOD services, including Netflix, iTunes and the catch-up TV services ABC iview, SBS on Demand and Plus7, do provide captions.

Web accessibility

The World Wide Web Consortium (commonly known as the W3C) is the primary international standards organisation for the Internet. 

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Media Access Review

The Department of Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) has finished conducting an investigation into access to electronic media for the hearing and vision impaired.  

The Media Access Review started in April 2008, and has involved the Department's release of a Discussion Report and responses to the report, and the Department's subsequent release of a Discussion Paper and responses to the discussion paper. 

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Accessible cinema rollout - the first six weeks


It's been six weeks since the Cinema Access Implementation Plan began to roll out in major Australian cinema chain locations. Media Access Australia has received feedback from a variety of patrons as well as from the cinemas themselves.

The feedback has been both positive and negative and a number of issues have been raised. 

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Competition on accessible web development open to all


Web developers from all over the world can now participate in AIR-Interactive 2011, a competition that focuses on the development of accessible websites.

The competition requires you to either create an accessible website for a nonprofit arts community, artist or musician, or critique the accessibility of select websites and redesign one page for accessibility. Prizes will be awarded at the opening of the SXSW Music and Film Interactive Festival on 11 March.

AIR-Interactive has gone global after web developers from all over the world expressed an interest in participating. The competition was previously available only to Texan web developers.

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