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Disability and Digital Inclusion

Interact Australia

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (AEST)

Disability and Digital Inclusion

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Disability and Digital Inclusion Forum

Digital Inclusion has significant benefits, especially in relation to people living with disabilities. This forum brings together speakers interested in bringing sharper focus on the benefits of access to and creative use of new technology and exploring the emerging possibilities.



Professor Martin Wright – GameLab UK

Inclusive Media – Leveraging Games technology for Social Good

Martin Wright is Professor of Digital Interactive Media in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing at London Metropolitan University where he is Director of GameLab UK. He has won several awards for his work including the first BIMA Award, a bronze award at the  New York Film Festival , and  leading GameLab UK teams to eight BAFTA nominations since 2007.

Visiting Australia from the UK, Professor Martin Wright will discuss the work of GameLab UK including the Makaton gesture-recognition communication system for people with verbal impairments, which uses Microsoft Kinect.


Jonathan Duckworth

Enhancing rehabilitative processes in the early stages following a brain injury is one of the greatest challenges facing therapists. Jonathan Duckworth will discuss his ongoing research to design and develop interactive multimedia artworks for rehabilitation of acquired brain injury as a means to enhance motor and cognitive recovery.

Dr Jonathan Duckworth is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University (2012-2015).


Discussion Panel – ‘Technologies for supportive communities’

Jenny Robinson (RMIT) - moderator, Stefan Schutt, (Victoria University), Pammi Rhagavendra (Flinders University), Denise Wood (University of SA)

The Young and Well CRC has brought together researchers and end users investigating the intersection of technology, young people and wellbeing, although this panel will focus more broadly on how technology can facilitate inclusion for persons with disability. 


Brief tour of the Design Research Institute (DRI) exhibition Lab and Lunch


This forum is nested within a bigger exhibition of Design Research by RMIT University. Acting Research Leader of DRI, Dr Yoko Akama will take you on a brief tour of the exhibition that showcases the cutting-edge research being done at RMIT.


Brendan Fitzgerald - Infoxchange

TestIT: Creating opportunities through new technology and software testing

TestIT creates long-term employment opportunities for people facing barriers to work as a result of Asperger’s Syndrome.  


Claire Tellefson - Able Australia

Testing Technology Works.

Able Australia Services is a long-standing non-profit organisation that provides services to people living with multiple disabilities. Claire will discuss development of digital literacy training materials and methods used to facilitate better access to equipment such as iPads, tablets and Braille devices to deafblind Australians.


Naomi Rezzani - Scope

Multi-ME-dia, storytelling and online networking tools for communication.

For people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities, multimedia can be a valuable way to communicate. Naomi will discuss the experiences of an innovative pilot project that makes use of multimedia profiling, as well as the use of Multi-Me, an online networking tool.


Kyle Miers - Deaf Australia

Captioning Working Group

Deaf Australia's Captioning Working Group plays a part in the bigger picture, Access to Information. Kyle will discuss why information is important and how we can employ technologies to enhance effective communication access for deaf people that also have beneficial outcomes for everyone.


Sarah Boyd - Women with Disabilities Victoria

Women, Disability and Digital Exclusion

A new report released by Women with Disabilities Victoria, in conjunction with the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU), reveals a disturbing level of disadvantage faced by women with disabilities in accessing information and communication technologies (ICT). In an age where delivery of information, communication and services are becoming increasingly digital, those without access are experiencing new forms of disadvantage and being further socially and economically excluded.


Discussion Panel - Digital Inclusion for people with disabilities:  NBN, NDIS, Telework and other opportunities.

Peter Walton, CEO, Infoxchange, Bert Ciavarra Disability Manager, Digital Inclusion Telstra, James O’Brien, Victorian State Manager National Disability Service and Martin Wright, GameLab UK.

Why is digital Inclusion important? What are the ‘Big Ideas’ and opportunities with National Broadband Network and National Disability Insurance Scheme, and what about Digital Exclusion? This discussion panel will address the bigger picture questions of digital inclusion and consider what the cost of digital exclusion means for a society aiming to be inclusive. 

This free event includes a complimentary

lunch and coffee on arrival.


Infoxchange logo DESIS - Lab logo Design Research Institute logo  NDS Vic logo


Have questions about Disability and Digital Inclusion? Contact Interact Australia

When & Where

RMIT University Building 100 - Design Hub Level One Theatre
Victoria Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (AEST)

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Interact Australia

Interact Australia, established in 1991, is a successful and innovative not-for-profit organisation.

With interests in community services, employment, training and the hospitality sector, Interact employs more than 200 staff at our offices and facilities throughout Victoria and Queensland.

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Disability and Digital Inclusion Forum presented in partnership by Interact Australia, Infoxchange Australia, and

DESIS – Lab Melbourne (part of Mediated City, Design Research Institute, RMIT University)

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