Blind and vision impaired

BBC trials MyDisplay web customisation tool

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The BBC is currently trialling web customisation tool MyDisplay, designed to improve the accessibility of the BBC website for people with a disability.

A cloud-based tool, MyDisplay allows visitors to the BBC website to set up a theme tailored to their particular access needs, which is then applied across any of the three million BBC web pages the user visits. 

The theme can include modifications to the text size, font style, colours and page structure. If users do not wish to customise their own theme, pre-defined themes are also offered in the categories of Limited vision, Asperger’s, ADHD, Dyslexia, Easier to read or BBC original. Once a theme has been created or selected it can be saved using a BBC account.


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Australian Government seeks Senior Web Accessibility Policy Officer

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The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) is advertising for an Executive Level 1 – Senior Web Accessibility Policy Officer.

AGIMO, which is part of the Department of Finance and Deregulation, is tasked with delivering the Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy – a strategy that requires government websites to comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.  

The strategy requires all Federal, State, and Territory government websites to conform to the Single A level of the WCAG 2.0 by the end of 2012.  All Commonwealth Government websites must conform to the Double A level of WCAG 2.0 by the end of 2014.


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Australian government’s web accessibility efforts recognised through award

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The Australian Government Information Management Organisation (AGIMO) is a recipient of Vision Australia's 2011 ‘Making a Difference Awards’ for their work in web accessibility.

The Making a Difference Award is given to organisations which have shown outstanding support for people who are blind or vision impaired.


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iPhone app uses real-life people to answer questions for blind and vision impaired

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A new iPhone app enables people who are blind or vision impaired to recruit sighted users to answer questions about an item they have taken a photo of.

The VizWiz app, being developed by Rochester Human Computer Interaction, allows iPhone users to take a photo of an item they have a query about, record their question and send the photo and question to a team of real-life people to answer. These people record the answer, which is then sent back to the user.

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