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March 2019

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Welcome to this month's newsletter! This month, you'll be hearing from Cameron Toomey, one of our incredible Usability Analysts.

Cameron became a quadriplegic at the age of 26 and has been confined to a wheelchair paralysed from the chest down with limited hand function for the past 22 years.  He currently lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, with his wife Nicci and twin daughters.  Five years ago, after relocating from Melbourne, Cameron began working as a technology manager for a small IT consultancy business specialising in digital design, project management, business systems and accessibility.  He loves to travel, watch his beloved “Blues” Carlton FC (AFL), spend time with his family and keeps active and stays independent while using his handcycle.
 

Devices that bring a VOICE to those with physical challenges


In recent years, we have all heard of the powerful functionality behind voice controlled devices and assistive technologies that will break down barriers for those with accessibility challenges.  I have been trialling the Amazon Echo within my home over the past few months, and have been pleasantly surprised with the practicality of applying the technology to my own physical barriers. 
 
For those of us living with severe physical disabilities, we often find situations when the task at hand is impossible and we need to call for help.  I have had situations when I have fallen out of my wheelchair and had to wait for up to 5 hours for someone to come home as my phone would be out of my reach. 
 
Having a device with voice controls, not only remove barriers for access, it can also open our worlds to a pathway that leads towards independence.  The pathway is long, it still has gutters and cracks in the road.  This path is now lined with people genuinely wanting to develop technologies that will one day encourage people like me, to continue working hard, learn new skills and set goals that were once only seen as dreams.

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May 2019 Certificate Course

We are pleased to once again offer our 5 week Certificate in Digital Accessibility!

This certificate level program covers all major aspects of Digital Accessibility over five one-day sessions on consecutive weeks. The course will be held every Wednesday in May at ATI Mirage on Hay Street in the Perth CBD.  More details are available on our Training Page or you can contact us at training@webkeyit.com for cost and the discount rate for multiple participants from your organisation.

ACS members receive a discount of $50 from the course cost and will receive 12 PD hours for the CT or CP levels.

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March is the time when we all seem to be in the thick of planning for the next financial year. We would like to remind you that this an ideal time to embed digital accessibility into your business processes.  When we make accessibility a vital part of ‘business as usual’, it is easier to gain the buy-in of our various organisational stakeholders. We would encourage you to look at our Accessibility Partner Plan or contact us for more details.  The Partner Plan is fully customised to your needs and could be used for:
  • mystery shopping – we can test different pages each month to keep everyone on their toes – always knowing that content can be tested
  • regular testing for new content/pages
  • consulting during development or just being a resource or your internal staff
  • training sessions – groups can be from individual to 12 per session or even seminar-style if you prefer
  • any combination of our services you wish
 
One of the great benefits of the Partner Plan is the ability to set your monthly spending on digital accessibility and spread the cost over the year.  There are silver, gold and platinum levels and the service bundles are substantially discounted to provide further benefit to our customers. Contact us soon for more information on how you can put this into your next financial year budget.
 
If you are planning on a new website or a makeover of the present website, please remember to include budgeting for accessibility testing and consulting to save you the work and expense of making changes after the work has been completed.  It is always much less expensive to plan for accessibility than to try to remediate after development or in a rush to make a launch date.

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Perth Web Accessibility Meet-up

16th April, 2019
Dome Cafe, Northbridge WA
More information about this monthly meet-up here

ACS WA April Branch Forum

23rd April, 2019
Adina Apartment Hotel, Perth WA
Dr. Vivienne Conway is speaking on "Accessibility IS Innovation"
Register here

2019 Print Disability Round Table Conference

4th-7th of May, 2019
South Brisbane, QLD
More information about this event here

16th International Web for All Conference

13-15th of May, 2019
San Francisco, USA
More information about W4A here
More information about WWW'19 here

Disability at Work Conference

20th-21st of June, 2019
Adelaide, SA
More information about this event 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 a Twitter feed, as well as LinkedIn. 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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