Web developers, have a “Duty of Care”

There’s plenty of “Googling” happening at the moment as many of us are doing lots of online research looking for service providers and strategies as we prepare for the NDIS.

I recently caught up with Natalie Khoo, a copywriter (specialising in advising businesses that are developing or updating their website).

During our chat we spoke about why we are still seeing websites that aren’t accessible for people who are vision-impaired users of adaptive technology.

Even since the incident in which Bruce McGuire (who is blind) sued the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 for not giving him equal opportunity to purchase tickets, through to the suing of Coles in late 2014 by a vision-impaired user for not providing web accessible content, the issue of web accessibility still remains.

Back in 2014, only 26% of websites in Australia met the minimum requirement (‘A’ standard). Although there is no definitive data publicly available to say how we have progressed, the general consensus is that emerging web writers, designers and developers still have much to learn.

In saying that, we are now seeing rapid developments in assistive technologies – such as improved shortcuts and hotkeys in JAWS 10 (screenreader software that helps vision-impaired users understand and interact with online content) – that are rendering ‘AAA’ compliance less important.

Compliance with WCAG is a human rights issue.

Federal government websites must comply with AA-level standards.

Other organisations (including businesses) that do not meet these universally recognised web accessibility guidelines are at risk of breaching the Disability Discrimination Act.

When organising your website, it always pays to ask someone what their knowledge of web accessibility is like, and don’t let them bamboozle you with how many “bells and whistles” they can put on your website.

I highly recommend Natalie to have a chat with if you’ve got any questions getting your website right for everybody.

This is her website: http://avioncommunications.com.au/

Inaccessable Website

Popcorn & Disability

The………… Other Film Festival is all about………….

Entertaining, challenging and exploring the contemporary lived experience of disability

This five-day event is presented by Arts Access Victoria, runs from 19-23 September 2012

The Films are from around the world, it’s a great way to get a global perspective when looking at disability.

The festival explodes with screenings of 36 features, docos, animations and short films from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, Mozambique, Spain, UK and USA,

Just some of the titles of the films

  • THE PUNK SYNDROME
  • I’M DEAF AND I DIDN’T KNOW
  • AUSTISITIC DISSONANCE

There will also be  film related discussion forums on topics such as

SEX, LOVE AND INTIMACY

They have fantastic custom-built fully accessible venue, known as The Art House at the North Melbourne Town Hall

All films are open captioned and audio described.

All sessions and forums will be Auslan interpreted.

I won’t be missing this gig, it sounds great

For more details Other Film Festival

 

WWW.MULTIME.COM – I Will Shout Anyone a Tatts Ticket If They Can Show Me a Better Planning Tool

I mean it, show me a better on line experience that embraces all aspects of accessibility, with real focus on people with intellectual disabilities understanding what’s going on.

A person lifestyle plan no longer has to sit in a folder it can now easily be changed as our lives do.

It’s great also to know that Scope Victoria are currently trying this fantastic on-line resource.

Thanks Charlie for giving me the following information.

John Mck

Charlie Levinson, Director at Multi Me Ltd. said

“ We are very excited to launch www.multime.com and have a lot of high hopes for its application for people who need support in their homes and in social care, health and education sectors worldwide.”

It is based on the idea of people telling their story through the use of multimedia and getting involved in each others’ project planning, in a safe and supportive online environment.

Multi Me embraces the idea of using the Internet and technology as a support mechanism to help people to communicate through the use of multimedia, as well as plan and structure their lives with the help of others.

Multi Me is also about helping agencies work more effectively together, engaging and building their communities and becoming more focused in person-centred approaches.

Multi Me the product is a concept originating from best-practice examples of Person Centred Planning(PCP), Circles of Support models and Multimedia Profiling (MMP) approaches for people with learning difficulties. 

For users with cognitive disabilities Multi Me is easy-to-use and accessible. Multi Me has strived to not only conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, but to knock them out of the park!

The Man Behind Multime.com