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The Australian government has issued updated guidance on the accessibility of the portable document format (PDF) for people with disabilities.
  • Author: Access iQ ®
  • Date: 11 Dec 2014
Media Access Australia spoke to Graeme Whippy, Senior Disability Manager at Lloyds Banking Group about how to build a business case for web accessibility, turning WCAG into a workable standard, and how to implement a web accessibility project.
  • Author: Tim Lohman
  • Date: 11 Dec 2014
The inclusion of accessibility in a digital design guide and a second NTS progress survey are just two of the next steps in Australian government web accessibility announced at the 2014 OZeWAI conference.
  • Author: Chris Pycroft
  • Date: 8 Dec 2014
Media Access Australia spoke to Web Key IT director, Vivienne Conway, ahead of her presentation at OZeWAI 2014 on website accessibility in Australia and the National Transition Strategy (NTS): Outcomes and findings.
  • Author: Tim Lohman
  • Date: 5 Dec 2014
The accessibility of social media and the cloud are beginning to mature, but access issues remain for people with disabilities, Media Access Australia’s resident web accessibility expert Dr Scott Hollier says.
  • Author: Tim Lohman
  • Date: 3 Dec 2014
Media Access Australia spoke to Professor Peter Hutchings, Dean of the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney about media accessibility in Australia; in particular, looking at how multiculturalism and multilingualism affect people’s access to media—a topic on which Professor Hutching recently presented on at the 2014 Languages & The Media conference in Berlin.
  • Author: Tim Lohman
  • Date: 2 Dec 2014
Electronics company Samsung has announced that it has created a new eye-controllable mouse, EYECAN+, to allow people with disabilities to browse the web and compose and edit documents through eye movements.
  • Author: Access iQ ®
  • Date: 28 Nov 2014
Former Australian Disability Commissioner Graeme Innes is lodging a complaint against major Australian bank Westpac due to the alleged inaccessibility of its mobile banking application.
  • Author: Access iQ ®
  • Date: 28 Nov 2014
The W3C has proposed a new community group to help guide improved web accessibility for people with colour blindness.
  • Author: Access iQ ®
  • Date: 27 Nov 2014
Shortlisted in the 2014 Human Rights Awards and board member of Media Access Australia, Darren Fittler is a blind lawyer and a member of the Disability Advisory Council for the NSW Department of Justice. Darren also leads Gilbert + Tobin’s group which provides legal assistance to the charity, philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Author: Access iQ ®
  • Date: 25 Nov 2014
Now that a legal case has been brought against Coles for a lack of web accessibility of its online shopping site, and that a similar case in the US against online grocer Peapod has been settled, it’s time for online retailers to act on improving access for people with disabilities.
  • Author: Tim Lohman
  • Date: 25 Nov 2014
Media Access Australia spoke with Gilbert + Tobin’s Darren Fittler about his nomination for the 2014 Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Awards, challenges in media access, and his 40 by 40 challenge.
  • Author: Tim Lohman
  • Date: 24 Nov 2014
The United Nations, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICT (G3ict) have partnered on a new report aimed at helping regulators and policy makers better implement ICT accessibility.
  • Author: Tim Lohman
  • Date: 20 Nov 2014
Dropbox, the cloud-based file storage service, has announced accessibility updates to its iOS-based application.
  • Author: Tim Lohman
  • Date: 19 Nov 2014
The 19 November AiQ Digest offers the latest web accessibility news, features, upcoming events, and accessibility service providers.
  • Author: Access iQ ®
  • Date: 19 Nov 2014
Online shoppers with disabilities have achieved a win with the news overnight that the US Justice Department has settled a discrimination action against internet supermarket, Peapod.
  • Author: Tim Lohman
  • Date: 18 Nov 2014
Age and Disability Commissioner, Susan Ryan, has called on the government to take accessibility into account when procuring information and communications technology (ICT) products and services.
Legal proceedings have begun against supermarket chain Coles over the accessibility of its online shopping service, with users reporting that they cannot buy groceries online.
  • Author: Chris Pycroft
  • Date: 6 Nov 2014
Media Access Australia spoke to Three UK’s Digital Development Manager Vince Butcher about the telecommunication company’s adoption of digital accessibility.
  • Author: Tim Lohman
  • Date: 23 Oct 2014
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) will be launching an accessible media player, the AMI-player, on its website on October 29th, 2014.
  • Author: Robert Pearson
  • Date: 22 Oct 2014

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