The release of the Audio Description Working Group report this week by the Department of Communications and the Arts illustrates the Australian Government’s clear inability to provide services for the blindness and low vision community.
Thousands of disabled students are being forced to choose between having food to eat or having the equipment they need to study, because a new government rule means they must pay £200 towards the cost of computers they need for disability-related reasons.
Criminal operation set up by a furniture company to target disabled and older people, many of whom were pressured for hours into buying substandard chairs and beds they did not want and did not need.
Focusing on the future of technology and disability, attendees were given the chance to see and hear about some of the latest advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and smart technologies
By focusing on guidelines, standards and processes you build compliant products, but if you focus on people and fostering a culture of inclusion, you recognise that standards and guidelines are merely the start line and not the finish line.
Need to put down a single standard for pursuing improvement in an objective way. The Accessibility Maturity Model (AMM) is designed to establish a performance baseline for IT accessibility within an organisation.
There is a widespread lack of knowledge and understanding of what mainstream technology can actually do for disabled people.
The digital divide is particularly relevant to people with disabilities because many PWDs are on very low incomes, in receipt of welfare payments and cannot afford internet access or the latest devices. This is even more of a problem with lots of services being delivered digitally.