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Archive for May, 2010

I had the privilege of attending an event which paid tribute to the late Dr Christopher Newell at the offices of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman on the 19th May.

The Honourable Bill Shorten, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services presented the inaugural Telstra-TJA Christopher Newell prize for Telecommunications and Disability at the event. This award, which is sponsored by Telstra,   recognises and commemorates the ground-breaking work that the late Revd Canon Dr Christopher Newell AM undertook within the telecommunications industry from 1990 to 2008 in representing the needs of people with disability.

The award was presented for the best paper demonstrating the tangible benefits that an innovative use of telecommunications technology can deliver in assisting individuals with disabilities published in the May edition of the  Telecommunications Journal of Australia.

Read more about the award via the following news releases. A podcast of a radio 5RPH interview conducted on the 21st May is available for download.

ALTC–funded research wins prestigious new award (ALTC media release)

Researcher receives award for using social media to support the education of people with disabilities (Media Access Australia article)

Telstra prize highlights the benefits of modern communications for people with disability (Telstra media release).

When user needs drive real innovation (Telstra Exchange)

The award, which is generously sponsored by Telstra,  will be offered again in 2011 and we look forward to more developments in the accessibility of telecommunications in the coming year.

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The National Disability Services Conference focusing on accommodation and participation was held at Jupiters Hotel at the Gold Coast on the 6th and 7th May, 2010. I presented a keynote on the use of social media to enhance service delivery and to increase the participation of people with disabilities. http://www.nds.org.au/presentation/article/19

A panel discussion on the National Disability Insurance Scheme followed my presentation.

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