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Global progress on social media accessibility

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of the release of our sociABILITY: social media for people with a disability resources. The project was the first of its kind and is being used as a keystone in a global push towards recognising people with disability as a large and influential audience on social media.

While social media networks still present access barriers, there are steps organisations and individuals can take to reduce them. For instance, Facebook does not let you provide alternative text for images and so Media Access Australia provides this in the first comment below the image. Similarly, when posting a link to a video we will always mention whether it is captioned or audio described.

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Australian banks reviewed for web accessibility

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Australia’s top banking websites have been tested by independent experts who found that many do not meet the needs of users with disability. The results of the study will be presented at the Edge of the Web conference this week by accessibility consultant Vivienne Conway and Media Access Australia’s Dr Scott Hollier.

Seven online banking services, including ANZ, NAB, Commonwealth, Westpac and St George were looked at. The results varied widely with the best, NAB, scoring an overall 8/10 while the worst, Police & Nurses, scored just 2/10.


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Top take-aways from CSUN 2013

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The world’s largest accessible technology conference took place in San Diego, California last week. The Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, commonly known as CSUN, showcases emerging technologies set to make an impact over the coming years. Here, Dr Scott Hollier details his favourites.

The open web: where consumer products meet web standards

A big focus of presentations this year was the convergence of consumer products with web standards. This means that more products will be designed in an accessible way that works better with the accessibility features on popular devices.

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CareerOne: empowering blind and vision impaired job seekers

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CareerOne Australia has taken a step towards empowering job seekers who are blind by improving the accessibility of its website. This comes after its US parent, Monster, partnered with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) to help improve workforce participation amongst Americans with vision loss.

The recommendations made to Monster by the NFB have been carried across to CareerOne, ensuring that it has been optimised for screen reader and braille device users.

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