Australian Digital Inclusion Index

This report reveals that although online participation is increasing across Australia, gaps continue to exist- and widen- between those who are digitally “included” and “excluded”. The report found that Australians with low levels of income, education and employment are less digitally included – as well as Indigenous Australians and people with a disability.

Australian govt will push IT vendors to make products disability-friendly

The Australian government has put technology vendors on notice to make their software more accessible for public servants with disabilities. John Sheridan, the Australian government’s chief technology officer, has revealed that the Commonwealth is poised to launch a public consultation process in order to bring its ICT procurement standards for accessibility into line with European … Continued

Between Two Worlds- being deaf in a hearing world

This is the story of Sian. Sian is a deaf person, who can speak and hear quite well, and is having issues progressing in her workplace due to the unintentional barriers in place, that limit her ability to access vital information. This post also explores the identity issues she has faced in being a deaf … Continued

Facebook automated captions improve accessibility, provide additional insights

Yesterday, Facebook announced the release of automatic alternative text – or automatic alt text – for images posted to Facebook. Automatic alt text uses object recognition technology to generate a description of a photo, processing each through Facebook’s artificial intelligence engine to establish image content.

Introduction to Web Accessibility

Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. It also benefits others, including older people with changing abilities due to aging. Web accessibility encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the Web, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has compiled a comprehensive online … Continued

Disability Groups Aim for High-Tech Help

When, at 23, Joanne Webber was told she had a rare eye condition, she received lots of support. She was diagnosed for free at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and was helped by the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind. “I met with mentors of similar age to me and met people with … Continued

Converting PDFs to Webpages Results in Staggering Increase in Page Views

A striking lack of PDF files differentiates the Victorian Government’s Department of Primary Industries web site from just about every other government and business site in Australia. Since DPI Systems and Technical Manager Mark Bryant completed a PDF purge in July 2011 the DPI site has also registered an astonishing increase in page views – … Continued

Agreement for More Captioning on Pay TV

  Media Release, , 8 May 2012   Captioning levels on subscription television services will be increased over the next three years, under an agreement reached between the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA). The agreement was reached together with leading captioning expert body, Media Access Australia and … Continued

See No Evil? Definitely Not Without Audio Description

For many years, people who are blind or vision impaired have not had access to cinema or television. Audio description can change that. Senator Stephen Conroy last week announced that ABC1 will trial audio description in 2012, giving people who are blind or vision impaired access to something most of us take for granted. Movie … Continued

A Wheelchair Called Desire

Stella Young, disability advocate, comedienne and editor of ABC’s Ramp Up website is about to take possession of a brand new top of the line wheelchair; something that has been a long time in coming. She has had the same wheelchair for 17 years but it is not without regret that she must let it … Continued