Consumers encouraged to nominate accessible apps

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 14:17pm

Users of mobile device apps have been encouraged to nominate their favourite accessible apps for the 2015 Apps For All Challenge.

App icons hovering above the screen of a tablet device. Image credit: ACCAN

The challenge, now in its second year, seeks to find Australia’s most accessible apps and encourage software developers to include digital accessibility when they create apps.

The challenge, which is run by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and sponsored by Telstra, will award apps in four categories:

  1. Most accessible mainstream app
  2. Most innovative app designed for people with disability or older Australians
  3. Most accessible children’s app
  4. Most accessible game app

According to ACCAN, the winner in each category will be awarded a cash prize from Telstra and promotion through Telstra social media channels.

“I’d highly recommend that users of mobile devices nominate their favourite accessible app for the competition,” Media Access Australia’s resident web accessibility expert and W3C member, Dr Scott Hollier, said of the competition.

“Not only is it a great way to share with other users an app that has made a difference for you, but it’s also a great way to encourage developers to keep including accessibility in what they create so that everyone can benefit.”

Entries can be made up to 15 June 2015 by emailing the details of the app or calling ACCAN on 02 9288 4000 / TTY 02 9281 5322.

You can read about the 2014 Apps for All competition and the winners of the 2014 competition on Access iQ.

You can also view last year’s winners on their official websites: the ACCC Shopper appOpenMi ToursRow Row Your Boat and Positive Penguins.

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