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July 2019

Happy Friday, <<First Name>>!

If you're in Perth, I hope you're staying warm in this chilly weather! Are you enjoying hearing from our staff and their views on accessibility issues? We'd love your feedback so we can make this newsletter appealing and informative for everyone.

This month, we'd like to introduce you to Natasha Lazarevic, one of our talented Usability Analysts.
 
Hi, I'm Natasha. I started with WebKey IT last year as one of the Usability Analysts. I specialise Photo of Natasha, smilingin Epilepsy, I was diagnosed when I was in primary school and I try to make an effort of educating others about this topic as I want to break the stereotypes made about Epileptics. I enjoy reading Manga (Japanese comics) and found a new hobby in embroidery, I just wish I could stop stabbing myself with the needle, I’m running out of band aids.

 

Photo and pattern sensitive Epileptic seizures: What’s the real effect?


Today I'd like to address the issue of photo-sensitivity and pattern-sensitivity inducing Epileptic seizures with different technological devices such as PC monitors, tablet devices and televisions.

The term "photo-sensitivity and pattern-sensitivity" is used to describe a visual reaction that may cause or trigger an epileptic seizure. The majority of people associate bright flashing lights as the main trigger of a seizure, but that’s not really true. The onset of seizure could be caused by a variety of things but these are many factors to consider:
  •          The type of lights used - artificial or natural light such as the sun reflecting on a mirror or through the blinds
  •          The colour of the light source- is it red, blue or white?
  •          The length of the flashing- 3 flashes in one second or multiple flashes for several seconds
  •          The environment - is the person in a room with dim or poor lighting?
  •          Technological devices - how bright is the computer screen? Are they using white/blue light or yellow light? How close are their eyes to screen?
  •          Emotions - yes, emotions! Is the person tired, stressed, excited?
The same concept applies to patterns:
  •          Are the patterns geometric in shape or polka dots?
  •          Is the pattern moving or stationery?
  •          What is the speed of the moving pattern?
  •          How thick is the pattern?
  •          Does the pattern have bright, bold colours?
How then do we reduce the risk of triggering a seizure? We know about photosensitivity (i.e. flashing lights) and that it's best to avoid using them, but what about pattern sensitivity? If using patterns:
  •          Be careful with random sizing of the pattern or alternating with different widths.
  •          It’s also recommended to avoid using stationery stripes. Using slow transitions can also help.
  •          Avoid using too many bright, bold colours.
All of these considerations will help to ensure your digital products are safe for people with Epilepsy.

If you'd like our talented Usability Analysts to have a look at your website, contact us for a quote today.

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New YouTube Channel

Our new YouTube Channel is live! We've got our first video up there now, with more to come.


IAUD International Design Award

The International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) conducts activities aimed at achieving its basic objective: "To contribute to the healthy development of society, and improve the welfare of humanity as a whole, through further disseminating and actualizing of Universal Design (UD)."

To that end, Design For All Foundation will be presenting the IAUD International Design Award to recognize groups and individuals who have conducted or proposed noteworthy activities aimed at realizing a UD society.  This is a society in which everyone - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnicity, culture, nationality, customs, or other factors - can live comfortably, with minimal inconvenience.
 

Deadline for the 1st selection: July 31, 2019

Deadline for the 2nd selection: October 15, 2019

Application Requirements for IAUD International Design Award 2019


Book Chapter

Yes, we are busy little beavers- we wrote a chapter in a book! Our Operations Manager Amanda Mace and Director Dr. Vivienne Conway wrote the chapter on Documents & Publications (pages 337-355) which you can look at here!


Annual Function 2019

We had our annual function this year at the Atrium Restaurant at Crown Metropol in Perth. It was a lovely High Tea event enjoyed by all. A special congratulations to Anjali Vasikaran on earning the Employee of the Year Award!
Image of Web Key IT staff around a table for the annual function

New Training Dates Announced

Dates: Every Thursday, October 3st – 31st

Location: ATI Mirage, Cloisters, Level 1/863 Hay St, Perth WA

Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Cost:

  • $3250 per person (excl. GST) includes all learning materials, lunch, and morning & afternoon tea
  • 2nd person from same organisation $3,000 (excl. GST)
  • 4 people from same organisation $2700 each (excl. GST)
  • ACS Members – discount of $100 ($3150 each)
  • Discount for WALGA Members of 5% ($3088 each)

 Register and information enquiries to training@webkeyit.com
 


WALGA Preferred Supplier

Web Key IT is now a member of the 'Audit & Compliance Services' supplier list which is provided by the WALGA Preferred Supplier Arrangement. If you are a WALGA member, you are able to access our services directly through eQuotes.  More information on the Arrangement is available at WALGA Preferred Supplier Program. If you are a member of the Panel, you don’t need to source additional quotes, saving you time, risk and money.

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There is a growing trend with employers to develop strategies to employ more people with disabilities.  I’ve seen widespread interest lately - from television programs about whether actors with disabilities should be recruited to play the part of characters of people with disabilities (I didn’t know this was such a minefield of differing opinions), to what assistive technology is a good starting point to offer positions to persons with disabilities.

Amanda and I spoke at the plenary session for the NDS Summit in Adelaide in June and there was a keen interest in assistive technology and what should be provided before employers start to recruit people.  We are off to Bologna in August for the AAAET Conference: Global Challenges in Assistive Technology – yes I know it is difficult, but someone has to go!  We have had two papers accepted and are really looking forward to meeting people working in this emerging field.

We will again be offering our Certificate in Digital Accessibility in October.  Some of you have registered interest in a future session, so I hope you’re able to join us.
 
If you would like to watch a really powerful short video about the power of some simple assistive technology, you might like to watch this video.
 
Best wishes,
Vivienne

Upcoming Events Green Calendar Icon Graphic

Monthly Perth Web Accessibility & Inclusive Design Meetup

20th of August, 2019

Dome Cafe

149 James Street, Northbridge WA

Read more about the Accessibility Meetup group

AAATE 2019 Conference

27th-30th of August 2019

Bologna, Italy

More information here

Australian Access Awards

3rd of December 2019

Online

Nominations Close: Friday 30th August 2019

More information here

Australasian Conference on Information Systems

9th-11th of December, 2019

Fremantle, WA

Register Here

Australian Accessibility Conference

(OZeWAI and PWAC)

11th-13th February 2020

Perth, WA

More information 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 our brand new YouTube Channel which has just launched!. All these links are below for future reference, so have a click around, and share this with your friends.

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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