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US communications regulator requires hearing-aid accessible mobiles

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the US communications regulator, has announced new regulations surrounding mobile phones, requiring all large mobile phone companies to provide at least one hearing-aid compatible model within two years.

The FCC also called on the developers of new technologies to consider the needs of people with hearing impairments when designing new products.

Media Access Australia provides a number of user guides about the accessibility of existing mobile devices and smart phones.  



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US Government proposes greater website accessibility requirements


The US Department of Justice is considering revising the regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act to create accessibility requirements compliant with level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Version 2.

The department has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding changes to website accessibility requirements. It is inviting comments on the potential impact and circumstances surrounding the proposed regulations.

For more information, read the explanation of the ANPRM on CMSWire.


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ACMA releases report on technology developments


The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released a new report, ‘Technology developments in the digital economy’, detailing developments in infrastructure, smart technology and the digital community.

The report is highly technical and looks at a broad scope of worldwide developments in digital technology, but does not deal with access issues. Features discussed include home network technologies, digital identity management, growth in the smartphone market, developments in social media, and the proliferation of wireless technology.

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Media Access Australia opens office in Western Australia


Media Access Australia (MAA) is expanding its work in access, with the creation of a second office in Western Australia.

The new office, managed by Dr Scott Hollier, will provide new opportunities for WA-specific projects that can support the media access needs of government, industry and the not-for-profit sectors.

The WA office is located in the premises of the Association for the Blind of Western Australia at 61 Kitchener Road, Victoria Park, Perth.

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