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December 2019

Hello there <<First Name>>!

And just like that, it's the last e-newsletter of 2019! While some of the months seemed to drag on, I feel like the last few months have just flown. From all of us at Web Key IT, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Hannukah, New Year, Posadas Navidenas, Kwanzaa, Winter Solistice, Festivus or just a happy and restful break to say goodbye to 2019.
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To finish up this year, you'll be hearing from one of our very talented Usability Analysts, Ryan Armer.




My name is Ryan and I am a current employee working with WebKey IT as a Usability Analyst. I have a genetically inherited retinal disease named Achromatopsia. A condition characterised by total absence of colour vision, increased sensitivity to light, involuntary eye movements and significantly reduced sharpness of vision. Additionally, I have the rarer type with both near and farsightedness. The condition develops in the first few months of life, for more information on Achromatopsia click here.

I’m currently in my third-year bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Criminology and Justice at Edith Cowan University. As my condition has been with me since birth, I have had to learn to adapt to an environment that relies heavily on eyesight. Navigation in sunlight is a daily problem, and that makes working for Web Key IT a great option for me, as I can work from the comfort of my home.

The ability to use Adaptive technology has been life-changing for me. During childhood I was unable to find enjoyment in reading, due to an inability to see small print. This was in addition to the strain on my eyes when reading, even when reading large print. Features such as voice over and zoom on Mac and iPad, have provided me with the opportunity to read, leading to the realisation that reading and learning is something to be enjoyed.

This new appreciation for reading has led me to follow my dreams of working in the field of psychology. This would not have been possible for me not too long ago. As previously stated, I’m a big fan of voice-over on Mac and iPad, however a feature of Safari that I’ve been using a lot lately is the Show Reader View (more information on Reader View here). This function when activated removes any unnecessary images, videos, and advertisements and provides a streamlined experience, free of distractions. This leaves you with a very basic and easy to read page that also allows for text resizing.  Furthermore, some websites such as Wikipedia allow you to have this function activate automatically, making work move a little bit faster.
 

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Australian Accessibility Conference       

Web Key IT and Vision Australia are sponsors for the 2020 Conference, as we both have been for so many OZeWAI conferences over the years, finally in our hometown! We are really looking forward to this conference and everything leading up to it, and would love to have you come alone- see events below for details.

Introduction to Web Accessibility            

On the International Day of People with Disabilities, W3C launched a press release on their new "Introduction to Web Accessibility" free online course in cooperation with UNESCO IITE for which Web Key is one of the instructors! You can click here to view the course with enrolment details . It is a free 5 module course, and participants only pay if they want a certificate.

Christmas/New Year Break                         


Please note that we will be available for projects over the Christmas/New Year period as not all of our staff celebrate Christmas and some staff have elected not to take holidays at this time. It is a great time to get a project started, so that when you come back from your own holidays, results of your audit would be available.  As most websites won’t be undergoing much change over this period due to unavailability of your own staff, we will have a stable website to audit with minimal disruption to you. If you’d like to avail yourself of this opportunity, please contact us for the next opening.

Upcoming Course Expression of Interest  


We are now taking expressions of interest for our next 5-Day Certificate Course. This certificate level program covers all major aspects of Digital Accessibility over five one-day sessions on consecutive weeks. An organisation that fills all five days qualifies for an organisational certificate.  An individual who takes all five days qualifies for a personal certificate and, if they are an ACS member, they also gain professional development hours.

The five-week course is comprised of self-standing course modules. This will allow an organisation to send different people to course days most suited to their position and responsibilities, gaining an organisational certificate rather than individual certificates. For example, it would allow an organisation to send technical people to technical days and content people to document days.

Go to this page to learn more about the Certificate course, or here to contact us!

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I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our newsletter subscribers for your continued support and encouragement. At Web Key IT, we exist to help make the world a little bit better for people with disabilities and seniors, and we take this responsibility very seriously. We continue to grow as a company both in number of staff, expertise, and services. Our staff enjoy taking turns writing the newsletter article, and we love hearing that you find the input from our different staff members helpful.

As the New Year approaches, we have a few exciting things happening. As you will have seen, we are working with W3C as one of the Instructors for their new EdX Free Course in Introduction to Website Accessibility. We will be teaching the module on Business Perspectives, and it has been rather hectic getting that all organised as we are including some videos in our module.

I am off to Kuwait again in mid-January, taking Zel Iscel with me this time. Zel will be conducting a number of sessions in general awareness of the needs of blind users, and also skill-building workshops specifically for blind users. It is looking to be a very busy week or so, and Zel is getting excited about travelling to Kuwait and conducting the workshops. I will also present at the Kuwait conference, and also conduct some individual seminars for organisations.

We continue to present at a number of conferences including the Assistive Technology Conference in Bologna in August and the Australasian Conference on Information Systems being held at the moment in Fremantle. Web Key IT are again sponsoring the Accessibility Conference, and also the Australian Access Awards.

We wish you a wonderful holiday season and hope that you are able to take some time to catch your breath, and enjoy the time with family and friends.

See you in 2020!

Kind Regards,

Vivienne

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Australian Accessibility Conference (OZeWAI and PWAC)
11th-13th February 2020
Perth, WA
More information on AAC here

CSUN Assistive Technology Conference

9th-13th March 2020
Anaheim, California, USA
More information on CSUN here

Monthly Perth Web Accessibility & Inclusive Design Meetup
(On Break)
17th of March, 2020
Dome Cafe
149 James Street, Northbridge WA
Read more about the Accessibility Meetup group

Web4All (W4A) 2020 Conference
20th-21st April 2020
Taipei, Taiwan
More information on W4A2020 here

The Web Conference (WWW)
20th-24th April 2020
Taipei, Taiwan
More information on TWC here

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If you haven't already, take a look at our Facebook page for daily updates and some excellent accessibility articles and resources, there really is a lot on there. We also have Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube Channel. All these links are below for future reference, so have a click around, and share this with your friends, family and colleagues to spread the word on digital accessibility.

Please do remember to take a moment to look at our website and as always, we look forward to hearing your thoughts, comments and any feedback you may have!
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