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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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A gateway to accessibility

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The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility provides an entry point into accessibility for web professionals, with a practical overview of international accessibility principles and techniques. Over six weeks, students will also get hands-on with assistive technologies, discuss challenges with other students and lecturers,  build and test a compliant website and caption their own videos.

Offered online by Media Access Australia and the University of South Australia, the fully-assessed Certificate is currently open for enrolments for the first intake of 2013, commencing Monday 8 April. Those outside Australia are welcome to enrol.

Below is the presentation given by course lecturers, Associate Professor Denise Wood and Dr Scott Hollier  at the OZeWAI conference in last year.


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Job hunting made accessible in USA

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A job search and recruitment website in the US has made job hunting easier for people with a disability by making the site more accessible. Working with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), Monster – known as CareerOne in Australia – is the first job search website in the US to incorporate the needs of blind and vision impaired job seekers in the design and development of its website.

Monster.com is a job network where employment agencies can post jobs and job seekers can search and apply for jobs across the US. In Australia, similar websites include Seek.com and Monster's local version, CareerOne. Currently, Monster has websites in 40 countries, including China, Hong Kong and the UK.


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Web accessibility certificate: 2013 registrations open

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Media Access Australia, in partnership with the University of South Australia, has launched its Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility for 2013, an online qualification for professionals wanting to make their web content accessible to people with a disability.

The six-week online course, now in its second year, gives technical web professionals a practical understanding of the principles and techniques needed to reach compliance with international standards, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

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