As long-standing members of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Vision Australia has been advocating for accessibility since 1999.
The leading accessibility consultancy in Australia, Vision Australia was instrumental in the collaborative development of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 (WCAG 2.0), which was released by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C-WAI) in 2008 as a W3C Recommendation. WCAG 2.0 covers a wide range of guidelines for making web content more accessible.
W3C-WAI provides strategies, guidelines and resources to make the web accessible to people with a disability. Recently, WAI released Easy Checks – A First Review of Web Accessibility. Designed to be quick and easy, rather than definitive, these simple steps can provide a basic idea of whether or not accessibility has been addressed in a web page.
In support of such valuable resources produced by W3C, Vision Australia’s specialist accessibility consultancy, Digital Access, will conduct Easy Checks seminars across Australia in 2014. The seminars are designed to enrich people’s understanding of accessibility and empower them with basic practical skills for identifying web accessibility issues in their day-to-day work.
The seminars also reflect the need for basic accessibility awareness training across a broad range of professional disciplines, particularly within government, in support of the Australian Government’s Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy (NTS). The Strategy stipulates that all federal government websites are expected to achieve Level AA (Double A) conformance to WCAG 2.0 by the end of 2014.
These seminars are an opportunity for anyone involved with online content to be introduced to some simple practical skills for identifying accessibility issues on a website. Please note: the session teaches a first review of web accessibility, i.e. basic steps to identify where accessibility issues exist.
Using the W3C Easy Checks framework, the session will explore nine fundamental web accessibility issues and how to identify them.
Attendees will learn:
We would like to acknowledge the University of Tasmania for their generous sponsorship of this event and use of their facilities.
Digital Access at Vision Australia is recognised internationally as an industry leader in the provision of digital accessibility services, equally addressing the needs of all disability groups. Specialising in web accessibility consulting, training and testing, our services are expertly designed to help our customers make their digital presence accessible to all.
Our advice and training is based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0, formulated by the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C-WAI). A member of the W3C since 2002, Digital Access significantly contributed to the creation of WCAG 2.0.
As a social enterprise, the fee-based services provided by Digital Access directly support Vision Australia’s wider activities. Our unique position working within a disability organisation ensures that end-users’ real world requirements are foremost in all the services we deliver.
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