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  • These days an increasing number of devices, from mobile phones and video games to computers, are featuring touch-screen interfaces. These interfaces are a boon to people who are fully sighted, making it easier to interact with computers. What about people who can't see?

  • At the International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego it was announced that the next release of Acrobat, Acrobat Reader, Flash Player and Flex will support the iAccessible2 API.

  • In an important step for online video accessibility, the ABC have added captions to their iView video platform as announced in their blog. Outlined by the WCAG all online multimedia presentations must provide captioning so that people with auditory disabilities can still consume the dialogue. The captioning will be provided on all programmes broadcast on the ABC1 and ABC2 during primetime.

  • Melbourne based company NV Access have developed the worlds only free and open source Windows screen reader NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access). This enables users with visual disabilities the ability to access web sites designed with the WCGA guidelines in mind without spending a single cent.

  • The Australian Government has mandated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA level for all government websites by 2015, with A level to be reached by 2012. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) originally outlined the WCAG 1.0, which was adopted by the Australian Government in 2000 allowing greater accessibility to the internet for people with disabilities. The 2.0 standard embodies the objective of the first and also implements new checkpoints to maintain currency with the ever changing world of online content. This includes closed captioning for video and audio streams, specific ratios of contrast between background and foreground colours, and text resizing without assistive technology etc.

  • Webdragon was formed in 2005 to deliver accessible and easy-to-use online solutions which contribute to client business objectives. We put a big focus on building web software that is easy for people with disabilities to use, by following global standards for accessible web technology. According to the United Nations, more than 97% of websites don't meet basic accessibility standards, which means people with a disability might have a lot of trouble visiting most websites. Let's look at a few common types of problems people might face, depending on what sorts of disabilities they might have.

  • Having an accessible website is not just about meeting legislative requirements and mitigating legal risks. It also has tangible benefits for every visitor to your website, by making your website easier to use and navigate.

  • Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD) have appointed Maria Reina as their 1st Executive Director. GPDD, with the support of the World Bank, was formed to accelerate inclusion of people with disabilities and their families into policies and practices though development agencies and organisations.

  • Web Accessibility is the application of design methods and practices so that Web content is available to all, and in particular those individuals with disabilities.

  • Websites that offer content delivered via an audio channel could reap benefits beyond those associated with increased accessibility for the visually impaired, it has been claimed.