Katie Ellis received a PhD in communications from Murdoch University in 2005 and currently works at UniAccess: The University of Western Australia's Disability Office. She is developing a strategy for the provision of course materials in accessible formats at UWA and her research interests include disability, new media, illness narratives, and cinema. She believes flip top phones are "disabling structures" and is trying to cut down to three cups of coffee a day.
iTunes Is Pretty (Useless) When You’re Blind: Digital Design Is Triggering Disability When It Could Be a SolutionArticlesIntroduction This year, 2008, marks the tenth anniversary of the portable MP3 player. MPMan F10, the first such device to utilise the MP3-encoding format, was launched in March 1998 (Smith). However it was not until April 2003 when Apple Inc launched the iPod that the market began the massive growth that has made the devices almost ubiquitous in everyday life. In 2006 iPods were...Read more