Accessibility Tools

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John Byrne's complaints resulted in captioning of films in cinemas so people with hearing impairment can also understand what everyone else can hear. Technology will soon enable audio descriptions and captioning for individuals.

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Bruce Maguire took SOCOG (Sydney Olympics) to court in 2000 for not providing a schedule and website accessible to blind people. His win set a precedent for other events to offer accessible services. Further complaints resulted in talking ATMs at banks.

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Wheelchair accessible taxis have been available in NSW since 1991, but often were not really accessible or difficult to obtain. Since Greg Killeen won his case in the Federal court in 2011, all new taxis must be built to new standards.

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Former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes challenged RailCorp to provide audible announcements for people who could not read signs at train stations. And he won.

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Brad Kinsela could not enter his graduation venue with his classmates, so he challenged it and the Tribunal ordered the university to shift the ceremony to an accessible venue.

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Maurice Corcoran advocated for accessible public transport in South Australia, starting with a complaint to the Human Rights Commission. Winning the case had national results so all transport must be accessible by 2022.

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In 2010 Paul Gooda joined the Rockhampton wheelchair basketball team which includes people with and without disability.

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Dee Holme has achieved her dream of having a typical life like her brothers includes a job, being part of the community, and living in a shared apartment.

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Bec Kelly and Sarah Hansford each have two children with autism, and raise community awareness of disability information and rights through a Saturday radio program from Bendigo.

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Mark Hopper worked with his Local Government Council to promote accessibility of facilities and the beach in his town.