Welcome

Digital Gap Initiative, the AHRCentre, and Public Interest Advocacy Centre, extend a warm and welcoming invite…

Do you remember from our 2016 Wrap-Up that we were eagerly spruiking Friend of DGI, Lainey Feingold’s then new book, Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits, which at the time had been recently published by the American Bar Association (ABA)?

Well, you can finally find out what all the fuss was about at our our very special upcoming seminar which we are hosting with the AHRCentre, and Public Interest Advocacy Centre [details here].

New DGI team to be announced soon…

On 26 April, DGI team members Gisele Mesnage, James Newton and Robyn Lee had the unique opportunity to meet with Anna in person at the ABA’s head office in Sydney.  You can read further detail about our meeting on our blog post article Anna Bligh In-Touch with need for more Accessible Banking practices here in addition to listening to Gisele interviewed by Peter Greco about our meeting with Anna Bligh, CEO of the Australian Bankers Association on 5RPH

Listen to James Newton interviewed by Peter Greco about our Touchscreen Payment Device Position Statement on 5RPH

Can we Bank on Anna Bligh bringing the Absolutely Everybody stamp to the Australia Bankers’ Association?

In February 2017, Anna Bligh was appointed CEO of the Australian Bankers’ Association (ABA).  In her role as Queensland Premier, she championed the state’s “Absolutely everybody” disability policy, stating that “a Queensland that is inclusive and accessible to all community members will be better for everyone.”

With the Industry Standards on Accessibility of Electronic Banking, introduced in 2002, currently under review, while more and more inaccessible EFTPOS terminals and other devices used in retail are being released onto the market without any balances and checks, the challenge for Anna will be to ensure that the ABA invests in accessibility of banking services for Absolutely Everybody.

You can perhaps start helping her in her new role by signing our Change.org petition (the link to which we’ve provided directly below).  Then when you’re done fulfilling your civic duty there, you might wish to read our latest article on the ABA’s current review🙂

SIGN AND SHARE OUR LATEST CHANGE.ORG PETITION FOR TOUCHSCREEN PAYMENT DEVICES TO BE FITTED WITH TACTILE KEYPADS

Listen to Martin Stewart’s change.org petition interview by Peter Greco on 5RPH

COMING SOON

DGI have recently completed online training on Public Procurement of Accessible ICT Products and Services with the United Nations’ specialised agency for ICT, ITU (International Telecommunication Union) Academy.  We’ll be featuring our own position statement on Accessibility and ICT Public Procurement later in January, 2017.

2016 “YEAR IN REVIEW”

Read our 2016 WRAP-UP detailing how DGI have been busy these past few months preparing a submission for Standards Australia’s public consultation on Australia’s direct text adoption of the European Standard EN 301 549, in addition to undertaking ITU Academy’s online course to interpret these standards.  In addition, we continued our campaign on Touchscreen Point-of-Sale (POS) Devices, including publishing our third feature article on the Albert, co-initiating a petition with Martin Stewart on change.org, and releasing our Position Statement on Touchscreen Point-of-Sale (POS) Devices.

ALBERT STRIKES AGAIN

Read our third feature article reviewing experience of Albert‘s “Accessibility Mode” in the retail environment, the state of play of touch screen point-of-sale devices in the US, the next wave of lawsuits under the DDA in Australia, and the risk of other Apps available on the device given the omission of Accessibility from its Pi Developer Terms and Conditions Agreement.

2015 “YEAR IN REVIEW”

Read our 2015 WRAP-UP, including details of our launch event at Parliament House, Canberra for World Usability Day, and our upcoming plans for 2016, and download Gisele’s Opening Speech document here.

DDA STANDARDS: A GOOD FIRST STEP FOR AN INCLUSIVE DIGITAL SOCIETY

Access to technology is just as important as accessing premises.  Find out why in our feature article by Leah Grolman.

NEW EFTPOS TABLET SHORT-CHANGES THOUSANDS OF CUSTOMERS EXPERIENCING DISABILITY

Read our second feature article on how Councils across Australia are choosing to adopt CommBank’s “Albert” new payment system in spite of their knowledge that the device is not accessible to people experiencing vision and manual dexterity disabilities.

We first wrote about this inaccessible device in our first feature article titled Commbank’s new EFTPOS “Albert”: Accessibility short-changed.

The Digital Gap Initiative

Is a grass roots project dedicated to bringing about legal and other systemic reforms as part of an objective to create an inclusive digital society.

The Initiative will engage in education and proactive action, through the efforts of individuals, companies and organisations who recognise that Neglecting inclusive concepts and retro-fitting them later is costly and places unnecessary barriers between companies and the customers they desire lasting fruitful and profitable relationships with.

Here you will find resources for every spoke of the wheel:

  • For Individuals – learn how to communicate effectively to companies whose products or services you need to access;
  • For Organisations – We’re here to network with you and help build stronger bridges together; and
  • For Companies – Who wish to incorporate better practices into the development of products, services, structures, and customer-facing communications