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Media Access Australia at the World Wide Web Conference

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Dr Scott Hollier, our manager of major projects, is presenting a paper at the 22nd International World Wide Web conference in Brazil today. Presented with co-lecturer Associate Professor Denise Wood, the paper looks into how the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility addresses the shortfall in accessibility knowledge in Australia.

The annual World Wide Web Conference, opened by Tim Berners-Lee, brings together professionals at the forefront of the web. Web For All (W4A) is a stream within the conference which focuses specifically on how web content can be made available to everyone regardless of disability. In its tenth year, W4A will look at how accessibility holds an increasingly prominent place within the future of the web.


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Global Accessibility Awareness Day down under

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To celebrate the second Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Thursday 9 May, a number of volunteer groups are holding events in capital cities around Australia. In Sydney, A11Y (accessibility) Bytes, will bring like-minded individuals together for a night of lightning talks about innovation in technologies that help to include people of all abilities.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is an annual event that encourages web professionals and designers to participate in activities and exercises that raise the profile of web and digital accessibility. It started in 2012 after Los Angeles-based web developer Joe Devon posted the idea on his blog. He worked with accessibility professional Jennison Asuncion to invite people to participate.


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Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2013

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Thursday 9 May marks the second annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raising the profile of web accessibility amongst web professionals. In Australia, there will be activities held in different cities to explore how accessibility, or lack thereof, impacts on the experience of using the web for people with disability.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) started after Los Angeles-based web developer Joe Devon suggested the idea on his blog. Canadian accessibility professional Jennison Asuncion spotted the post and offered his help to get the day off the ground.

This year, organisers are inviting web professionals to get a taste of what it’s like for the one in five people who have a disability. Some of the suggested activities include: 

Digital media and technology: 

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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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