Australian government’s web accessibility efforts recognised through award

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011 11:00am

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.

AGIMO has been working for a number of years to increase awareness of web accessibility for government and the commercial sector. Recently, AGIMO was tasked with developing and managing a whole-of-government strategy to bring government websites in line with the latest international web accessibility standards, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

The Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy requires all federal, state and territory websites to conform to WCAG 2.0 to meet Single A level by the end of 2012, and all federal websites to confirm to WCAG 2.0 to meet Double A level by the end of 2014.

As part of this work, AGIMO commissioned a study into the Accessibility of the Portable Document Format (PDF) for people with a disability that has lead Adobe to place PDF accessibility at the top of their research and development schedule according to Vision Australia.

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