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Archive for March, 2010

My Radio 5RPH presentation on the2th February 2010 provided a round-up on developments over the last couple of months in relation to disability and technology. Some of the key topics covered included:

Information about the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network’s Independent Grants Scheme which provides funds in the order of $10,000, $30,000 or $50,000 for projects that explore important issues for communications consumers. Closing date is 18th March. Further information available from the ACCAN site: http://accan.org.au/grant_full.php?id=3

The forthcoming National Consumer Congress, which will be held in Sydney on the 15th and 16h March. The 2010 Congress will respond to the needs of delegates from government policy and regulatory agencies, consumer organisations, consumer businesses academia and elsewhere. Further information is available from the NCC2010 website: http://www.ncc2010.com.au/

Announcement that the Australian government will join the international community by committing to the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 compliance of government websites by 2015. The press release is available from: http://www.financeminister.gov.au/media/2010/mr_052010_joint.html

Information about the special edition of the ABC1 television program The New Inventors, which screened on the 10 March 2010. One of the inventions is directly connected to access to new media – a web-based, free screen reader. This invention, the NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA), was invented by James Teh and Michael Curran.

One of our Honours students, Darryl Sellwood, who is an alternative and augmentative communication user, has been awarded the Possum – ISAAC Inspiration Award. He will be presenting about his Honours research at the International Society for Alternative and Augmentative Communication Conference in Barcelona in May.

You can listen to the podcast from this link: http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/3dvle/media/rph_ll2_2702_2010.mp3

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