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.
Vision Australia's Digital Access consultancy is recognised internationally as an industry leader in online accessibility. With expert knowledge of accessibility conformance, inclusive design and the needs of people with disability or impairment, we’ve spent over 16 years helping organisations make their digital products and services accessible to everyone.
Our advice and training is based on expert knowledge of WCAG 2.0 conformance, as well as usability and accessibility best practices gained from extensive research and user testing across a wide spectrum of disability groups.
We're proud to be the leading provider of accessibility training in Australia. Our courses enable professionals and whole organisations to achieve the highest standards in digital accessibility and communication. For many organisations, our courses have become an essential pathway for delivering inclusive services in alignment with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Australian Government's Digital Service Standard, and are widely renowned for their highly comprehensive and engaging delivery.
All our trainers hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and are international experts in their subject matter.
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