Digital Gap Initiative invites you to Parliament

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015 13:19pm

The Federal Parliament will be the venue for a major accessibility event showcasing developments and issues in digital accessibility.

The front of Parliament House in Canberra

The event is hosted by the Digital Gap Initiative, the advocacy organisation founded by Gisele Mesnage in 2014 that calls for improvements to the accessibility of everyday technology. The organisation is notably responsible for highlighting access challenges with the Commonwealth Bank's 'Albert' EFTPOS tablet for people who are blind or visually impared.

Digital Gap at Parliament House is on 12 November 2015 and will feature a panel discussion made up of government and business innovators in digital accessibility, where attendees will be able to engage with the panel, share their views and ask questions. The event concludes with light refreshments.

Media Access Australia CEO, Alex Varley, who will be part of the panel said, “Digital Gap is a great example of people with disabilities taking practical advocacy steps. Gisele and her colleagues recognise that by focussing on building awareness through the supply chain, from developers through to retailers, you are more likely to get action, rather than just asserting your accessibility rights.”

Registration for the event is free, closing on 8 November 2015.

The event was instigated by Greens Senators Lee Rhiannon and Rachel Siewert, enjoying cross-party support.

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