digital accessibility

Be Connected – May 2024

"Digital Nation Australia 2021" created by Good Things Foundation Australia. It visually represents the digital divide and inclusion in Australia, highlighting various groups most at risk of digital exclusion, including people with disabilities, low-income households, older individuals, and remote rural residents. The infographic also shows statistics on digital access, ability, and the level of digital confidence among Australians, noting that less than 40% are confident they can keep up with technology. Additionally, it mentions that a significant portion of jobs requires digital skills and that many adults use apps connected to the internet. The design includes icons and illustrations representing different demographics and digital interaction scenarios, effectively summarizing the state of digital inclusion in Australia during the pandemic and its impact on various segments of the population.

Bridging the Digital Divide: The Vital Role of ASCCA Clubs 

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the challenge of the digital divide remains a significant barrier for many, particularly older Australians. The Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) reveals that one in four Australians are still digitally excluded, impacting their social integration, access to services, and overall quality of life (Good Things Foundation Australia) . 

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Be Connected – April 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.

Progress Update on Be Connected Capacity Building Project – Round 9

As we approach the conclusion of the current Be Connected Capacity Building Project (Round 9) at the end of May, it’s timely to reflect on the significant strides we’ve made towards our goals. The project has been a concentrated effort to enhance the support structure for senior Australians, helping them become more confident and connected in the digital world.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Scott’s Accessibility Update

Dr Scott Hollier

Accessible Gaming

Many of our children and grandchildren often tell us how much they enjoy gaming online. Whether it’s using a video game console, a powerful Windows PC or casual gaming on a mobile phone or tablet, it has definitely got their attention. Seniors often ask themselves if this is an area where they can join in, and this is even more true of seniors with disabilities.

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CSUN Accessibility Conference

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Exciting Highlights from CSUN, the World’s Largest Assistive Technology Conference.

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

The California State University, Northbridge Centre of Disabilities (CSUN), once again held its annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference this month in California at the Anaheim Marriott.

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