Partner information

ASCCA and Indian Ocean Group Training Association

A cheerful group selfie at a 'Be Connected' session on Christmas Island. The photo features a diverse group of seniors seated around a long table, with a facilitator at the forefront smiling widely at the camera. The participants are engaging with each other and the session, with informational leaflets and notes scattered on the table. The room is bright and functional with emergency signage and equipment visible, emphasizing the community and safety aspect of the event.

Empowering Digital Literacy in the Indian Ocean Territories:

As many of our members know, ASCCA has been a Be Connected Network Partner from the very first steps towards the national network it is today, in late 2017.  Since then we believe we have been an integral cog in the wheel for this nationwide initiative to empower ‘older Australians’ when it comes to technology. Since then, we have built on both Nan and Jenny’s impressive networks, spanning the length and breadth of the country to partner with other peak bodies and organisations who engage seniors in some way, shape or form, but not necessarily having the resources within their organisations to focus on digital literacy for their older volunteers, staff or community members.

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Be Connected – March 2024

A bright, modern library setting with groups of people seated at tables, engaged in discussions. On the right side stands a prominent banner for the "Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA)", showcasing its mission to empower seniors with technology since 1998. The banner displays images of seniors using devices. In the background, bookshelves are filled with various titles, and there's a colourful kids' corner. The environment is well-lit, fostering a communal and collaborative atmosphere.

Digital Mentor Training 

During March we will be holding two face-to-face sessions in Perth and Harvey, south of Perth.  The Perth session is being hosted with partners, Centre for Accessibility Australia. This collaboration is a testament to our ongoing commitment to creating inclusive digital landscapes. Additionally, our previous partnership with AMaGA and Harvey History Online in Harvey continues to bolster our network of support.

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Safer Internet Day 2024

The image is a promotional graphic for Safer Internet Day, indicating that the event is one week away. The text "One week until Safer Internet Day" is prominently displayed at the top in large, bold letters. Below it, the phrase "connect. reflect. protect." is written, encapsulating the goals of the day. The graphic includes a cheerful cartoon character resembling a smartphone with arms and legs, holding a globe, next to the Safer Internet Day 2024 logo. There's also a depiction of a calendar with the date "February 6" clearly shown, alongside an email envelope and a cursor arrow, symbolizing digital communication. A checkmark inside a shield near the calendar hints at the theme of online safety and security. The background is a pleasant gradient of teal, and the overall design is simple yet engaging, conveying the message of staying connected and protected online.

What is Safer Internet Day?

Safer Internet Day

Join the Movement: Support Safer Internet Day 2024

Safer Internet Day is a global initiative to raise awareness of online safety issues.  This year it’s Tuesday 6th February!

The eSafety Commissioner leads the initiative in Australia, in order to educate people about online safety risks, like online abuse, how to be safe online and where to go for help.

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Accessibility

Google Maps Enhances Accessibility with New Features for Users with Disability

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

In a significant move toward enhanced accessibility, Google Maps introduces new features designed to simplify navigation for users with disability. These updates include wheelchair-accessible walking routes and Live View improvements tailored for users who are blind or with low vision. A notable addition is the introduction of an identity attribute label for disabled-owned businesses, represented by a distinctive blue and yellow icon on Maps and Search business pages.

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From the ACSC – Australian Cyber Security Centre 

An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

The digital landscape is evolving, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the forefront of this transformation. We’re thrilled to share an invaluable resource with you—the recent release from the Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ASD’s ACSC), “An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence.

This publication is a goldmine of knowledge, offering insights into securely engaging with AI. Whether you’re an individual or part of an organisation, this guide unveils the intricacies of AI, its potential impact on digital services, and crucial considerations for tackling AI-specific threats. More importantly, it provides practical mitigations to minimise risks associated with AI systems.

Here’s how you can take charge of your AI journey:

  1. Delve into the Guide: Explore “An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” for tailored cybersecurity advice and a comprehensive understanding of AI’s impact.
  2. Ethical AI Framework: ASCCA encourages familiarising yourself with ASD’s Ethical AI framework. It outlines essential ethical principles for implementing and using AI responsibly.
  3. Stay Informed: Keep abreast of the latest AI-related information and resources by visiting cyber.gov.au.

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Accessibility December 2023

Celebrating Success: Gala Dinner, 2023 Australian Access Awards.

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In a night filled with recognition, applause, and a celebration of digital inclusivity, the Centre for Accessibility Australia orchestrated a triumphant Gala Dinner celebrating the 2023 Australian Access Awards. Whether you were basking in the ambiance of ANZAC House or virtually joining the festivities from the comfort of your home (as did Jennifer), we extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone who contributed to making this evening an unforgettable success.

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Christmas Time in the West

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In the lead up to Christmas, parts of Western Australia are aglow with the vibrant hues of our native Christmas Trees—Nuytsia floribunda. Their golden-orange blossoms are painting the landscape in a festive palette, bringing joy and a unique beauty to the region.

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Safer Internet Day 2024

Save the Date!

Join the Movement: Support Safer Internet Day 2024

As we embrace the digital era, the importance of online safety continues to grow, touching every corner of our lives. That’s why the office of eSafety Australia is championing an essential cause that aligns perfectly with our values at ASCCA: Safer Internet Day, set for Tuesday, 6 February 2024. This initiative is more than just a day; it’s a call to action for each of us to play our part in creating a safer online world.

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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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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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Accessibility

Laetitia Thompson from Centre for Accessibility Australia

Amazon Unveils Latest Accessibility Features: Eye Gaze on Alexa and Call Translation.

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

Amazon, with its latest 2023 Devices Event, have unveiled two innovative accessibility features set to enhance the user experience on its devices.

The first, known as “Eye Gaze on Alexa,” marks a significant step forward in inclusivity.

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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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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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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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