Access to technology is at least as important as accessing premises. One struggles to find a transaction that, these days, takes place without the use of digital technology – computers, payment devices, mobile phones and tablets, white goods and appliances.
The Digital Gap Initiative advocates for national, compliance-based standards to address impediments to accessibility of digital technologies.
Finish Reading: DDA Standards: A Good First Step for an Inclusive Digital Society
Digital Gap Initiative has been invited to Canberra on World Usability Day (12 November, 2015) to voice our message with our politicians, business leaders, academics and the wider community who have the power to ensure that this issue is addressed. We need to show them what it’s like for a person who is blind, for example, to use websites and touch-screen payment devices whose design overlooks accessibility.
About 1 in 5 Australians live with disability (approximately 20% of the population). Digital accessibility is therefore an incontrovertible issue for our country’s political agenda.
To help us advocate for digital access to be prioritised for the political agenda at our Canberra event, and build good foundations for future research and campaigning, we have launched a fundraising campaign on Chuffed.org, a crowd-funding platform that supports social causes by allowing them to raise funds in this way.
Finish Reading: Chuffed.org Campaign for Digital Gap Initiative’s Canberra Debut