Web Accessibility alive and (very) strong in WA
People attended from Executive, Business, Technical and Academic backgrounds. This year’s event featured a great mix of presentations covering a wide variety of topics. Director of Web Key IT Vivienne Conway said “I was thrilled with the balance of ‘techie’ presentations and the ‘user-centered’ ones. I think there was something there for everyone”.
The presentations this year included:
- A keynote from Andrew Arch the lead for Accessibility, Diversity and Assisted Digital at the Digital Transformation Office speaking about accessibility beyond standards;
- Nick Leigh, Executive Manager, Digital Customer Experience at Bankwest spoke about baking accessibility into organisational culture
- Sean Gardiner (SMS Management & Technology) and Richard Giles (Adapptor) who presented a case study on the new Transperth Busport App
- Vithya Vijayakumare who presented the new ePub3 standard
- Scott Hollier presented on WCAG 2.1 and Silver and also gave a demonstration of Google Home, a popular digital assistant tool that highlights current interest in the Internet of Things (IoT)
- Caine Chennatt delivered a fascinating overview of some of the work they’ve been doing at UWA Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, this includes interpreting and 3d printing exhibits enabling visitors a new way to interact with the art by touch.
- Amanda Mace from WebKeyIT presented on the use of ARIA
- Matt Putland from Media Access provided an excellent visual example of why headings are important and how some use cases may pass WCAG but still be inaccessible.
- Rosemary Spark talked about how many modern businesses have improved productivity by allowing their employees flexibility to work from home
- Zel Iscel from Inclusive World, who has been blind from birth, provided an amazing live demonstration of what it’s like for someone to book a flight with a screen reader
- Julie Grundy from Simply Accessible shared a case study from the USA where seven airlines were ordered by courts to make their sites accessible.
The event included a BBQ lunch sponsored by BankWest and a Sundowner sponsored by Permeance Technologies.
Permeance would like to thank the organisers for putting on a great event yet again and BankWest for providing an excellent venue and supporting the event.
PWAC is an annual event organised by the Perth Web Accessibility & Inclusive Design Meetup group. The group have been meeting since 2010 and currently has over 200 members, and this is the event’s 4th year