Thank GAAD, it’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

Today, May 9 marks GAAD, or Global Accessibility Awareness Day. A now truly worldwide event that encourages people to take time from their lives to observe, engage and discuss the needs digital accessibility and people with different disabilities. As the organisers explain it, “The idea of a Global Accessibility Awareness Day started with a single blog […]

ARIA and accessibility: Widgets

This part three of a four-part series explores different accessibility issues that can be solved by using Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA). See also part 1. ARIA and accessibility: Navigation and part 2. ARIA and accessibility: Live Updates. On modern websites, interface controls such as show/hide and controls to select personal preferences are very common. However, these types of […]

ARIA and accessibility: Live updates

This part two of a four-part series explores different accessibility issues that can be solved by using Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA). See also part 1. ARIA and accessibility: Navigation and part 3. ARIA and accessibility: Widgets. On modern websites, interface controls such as show/hide and controls to select personal preferences are very common. However, these types […]

ARIA and accessibility: Navigation

This is part one of a four-part series explores different accessibility issues that can be solved by using Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA). See also part 2. ARIA and accessibility: Navigation, part 3. ARIA and accessibility: Widgets and part 4. ARIA and accessibility: Adding focus to any HTML element. On modern websites, interface controls such as show/hide and controls […]

Webbism on Vision Australia Radio

The Emergency 2.0 Wiki Accessibility Toolkit was launched in December 2012 to empower people with a disability to use social media to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. Webbism Director Richard Corby talked to Vision Australia Radio’s Roberta Ashby about the project and how it can benefit listeners. Listen to the interview: Using social media in emergencies […]

Emergency 2.0 Wiki launches Accessibility Toolkit

On behalf of the Emergency 2.0 Wiki Accessibility Reference Group, I’m really excited to announce that people with a disability in the community will now be empowered to use social media for to disaster prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters due to the launch today of the Emergency 2.0 Wiki Accessibility Toolkit. The […]

Vision Australia Texpo part 1: NVDA screenreader

I went to Texpo 2012 last week (7 September) at the Vision Australia office in Brisbane and learnt heaps. So much so that this post is going to be broken into three parts. Texpo is Vision Australia’s annual expo for blindness, low vision and disability services. Suppliers showcased a range of blindness and low vision […]

SharePoint 2010 Accessibility

I recently read Vision Australia’s Achieving Accessibility in SharePoint 2010 white paper and found it really interesting because when I worked in a web team for the Australian federal government, SharePoint was synonymous with being horribly, horribly inaccessible. Admittedly, this was a few years ago when discussions like Accessify forum’s caning of Sharepoint 2003 and […]

The benefits of user testing with disabled users

Disabled users are users. This might seem like a straightforward or even a trite statement, but its a point worth making since Usability (or UX – User Experience) is a growing field which has the fantastic goal (and one very close to my heart) of making websites, or pretty much you interact with, less annoying, […]

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