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Welcome to new Directors

Dallas Parkes – Treasurer / Company Secretary

Dallas is a seasoned administrator with a specialisation in accounting. She also worked in software development, where she tested programs and trained business clients. Dallas has a wealth of experience in bookkeeping, including managing finances for the Walpole Community Resource Centre and their Seniors Computer Club. She’s a dedicated volunteer, now retired and pursuing her passion for native orchid photography. Dallas brings her financial expertise to ASCCA as our Treasurer.

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Get Online Week – November

Get Online Week with ASCCA

Get Online Week: A Cuppa and Connectivity with ASCCA

In our continued mission to bridge the digital divide and empower seniors through technology, ASCCA proudly accepted the offered role of Get Online Week Ambassador for Good Things Foundation and the Be Connected project. It was a week filled with learning, sharing, and, of course, enjoying a cuppa together.

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Welcome new Member Club

WELCOME to our newest members, the Motherboard!  The Motherboard has been established by the Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) as a central hub and informal learning environment for their members to explore digital skills, online engagement techniques and digitisation of collections for their members, primarily in regional and remote WA.

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AGM Announcement

Jennifer Willcox

Official Notice: ASCCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) Details

Whilst the Annual Conference has been cancelled, the 2023 ASCCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) will still be held, as per previous years, on the date originally scheduled for the Conference.  Member participation is of utmost importance as we gather to discuss critical matters and chart the course for our association’s future. Kindly take note of the following information:

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Brett’s Scam Watch – Online Safety

Airport Adventures: A Selfie Warning

Picture this: you’re all set for your epic journey or a holiday off to see the grandkids

So, you know those fabulous airport selfies where you proudly showcase your travel spirit along with that snazzy boarding pass? Turns out, there’s a bit of a twist in this digital tale. Sharing those excitement-loaded selfies and boarding pass pics on your favourite social networks can open up a digital doorway for some uninvited trouble.

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Accessibility

Laetitia Thompson from Centre for Accessibility Australia

Innovative QR Codes Transform Packaging Accessibility for People Who Are Blind or with Low Vision.

By Laetitia L. Thompson, Senior Digital Content Editor at the Centre for Accessibility, Australia.

A pioneering solution is transforming packaging accessibility for individuals who are blind or with low vision. Developed by UK-based Zappar, these groundbreaking QR codes are tailored to provide essential product information with ease. These specialised ‘accessible QR codes’ have made their debut on UK store shelves, marking the collaboration of technology and social responsibility.

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Digital Mentor Training

Be Connected Digital Mentor training session

Become a Digital Mentor with ASCCA’s Be Connected Training!

Unlock the power of technology and become a Digital Mentor with ASCCA’s Be Connected Training! As a Be Connected Capacity Building Network Partner, ASCCA offers FREE training in September both in person (Perth) and online to help you guide seniors on their digital journey. Join us in making a meaningful impact.

We are excited to announce the latest Be Connected Digital Mentor training dates for September, 12th September in Perth – in partnership with the Centre for Accessibility Australia, and 20th and 22nd September online option (two half day sessions form the full day – registrants must be available for both sessions).

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Accessibility

Laetitia Thompson from Centre for Accessibility Australia

Google Introduces Image-to-Text Feature for Enhanced Accessibility in Chrome on ChromeOS.

By Laetitia L. Thompson, Senior Digital Content Editor at the Centre for Accessibility, Australia.

Google has unveiled a new image-to-text feature in Chrome on ChromeOS. This functionality aims to assist screen readers in working with PDFs, particularly when images lack alt-text descriptions. With the ability to analyze image contents and convert text saved as an image back into machine-accessible text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, this feature enables users who are blind or with low vision, to access PDF content more effectively.

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Brett’s Scam Watch – Online Safety

Loyalty Programs

Loyalty points programs are a popular way for businesses to reward their loyal customers, offering them various incentives and benefits. However, cybercriminals have identified these programs as a new avenue to exploit innocent consumers. Loyalty points scams have been on the rise, with criminals sending deceptive messages to unsuspecting individuals, aiming to steal both their valuable rewards and personal information.

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Our Community Awards –  Nominations open 

The 2023 Not-for-profit Treasurers’ Awards are open and we’re sharing to encourage you to participate in this free recognition and awards program for your club. 

The awards are designed to recognise the contribution that not-for-profit treasurers make to their community groups, to the not-for-profit sector and to Australian society, Our Community would love your help in celebrating our community treasurers (and we’d love to see some ASCCA clubs celebrating their Treasurers!)

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From the President’s Desk June

Jennifer Willcox

I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits. As we enter the month of June, which signals the beginning of the Ngoongar season of Makuru, which is cold and wet between now and July!  I am delighted to share this month’s news and updates with you through the ASCCA eNews.

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Scott’s Accessibility Update

Dr Scott Hollier

New International Plain Language Standard being Introduced

A major challenge in reading information online is the use of language. With new terms and acronyms it can seem like things are getting more complicated all the time. Fortunately on 20 June a new international plain language standard will be released which can help make the web an easier to understand place.

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Brett’s Scam Watch

Older man, sitting at a desk, reading a book, with a keyboard beside him

EOFY Scams 

As the financial year draws to a close in Australia, it’s essential to remain vigilant against scammers who often exploit this time of the year to target us. These fraudsters employ various tactics, such as email and SMS phishing, to deceive people into divulging sensitive financial information or making fraudulent payments.

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