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  • ACCAN Report in 2011 into Telecommunications for Deafblind Community.Findings were Very low numbers of deafblind people have access to mobile devices due to funding and training constraints.
  • In light of the ACCAN report, Telstra partnered with Able Australia to support the existing Ablelink training program with the aim to expand nationally. The framework outlined the process for measuring change and calculating the financial value generated by the program. Broadly, this involved measuring the change in participants well being as direct result of the program, and using financial proxies to place a value on the change. Lastly, the financial benefit of the program is calculated based on the value of change and program costs. Loan of Devices has been very successful as there is nowhere to get advice and to try before they buy.Peer training is also very successful with support workers to assist with communication and technical problems.
  • mobile technology can be used to increase economic, workplace, educational, political and social participation;independent living, safety, full inclusion in society.Great pride in using mainstream devices
  • To teach digital Literacy need first to teach English, then Braille.In the case of Helen Keller she first had to learn the concept of Language.
  • I tried the Android. Now give me back my iPhone! "Farhad Manjoo The age July 19, 2013Google developed the software and phone makers could alter the OS in any way they liked.Phone makers and carriers add unnecessary features make modifications to all the essential features - email, calendar, notification, home screen - they are a not the original Google "easy to use" design. It is possible to re configure all these apps but "out of the box" accessibility is preferable.
  • Iphone is 10% accessible. 0% customisable Consistency – New is different ach time, Delete is different, No Shortcuts.
  • Accessibility Guarantee
  • Consistency is very important.
  • Mobile technology

    1. 1. Mobile Technology The Great Enabler Claire Tellefson Able Australia
    2. 2. I use it as a braille TTY to make a relay phone call or relay SMS. I use it as a GPS system to figure where I'm going. I use it to go to school. I use it to jot down a note. I use it to communicate with other deaf-blind people across the world. I use it to communicate with people in the same room, who don't know sign language. I use it to stay in touch with family. I use it to do my grocery shopping. I use it to find out if it's raining outside. I use it to access the library and read books. I use it to find out about any emergencies. My phone isn't just a phone. It's my connection to the world. -Deafblind User My Phone is way more than just a phone.
    3. 3. “ Deafblindness is a unique and isolating sensory disability resulting from a combination of both a hearing and vision loss or impairment which significantly affects communication, socialisation, mobility and daily living.” Australian Deafblind Council Digital Inclusion
    4. 4. 2013 – Pilot in Victoria for Deafblind Community Develop training materials - Digital Literacy Research into Accessibility Loan of mobile devices Support Worker Training Peer Training Develop Case Studies Evaluation framework to evaluate program’s value (SROI) Able Australia / Telstra Partnership
    5. 5. Expanded networks – Facebook friends Language development Social interaction – Posts and comments Access to Culture Sharing experiences via photos Increased awareness of advocacy issues. Digital Inclusion via Social Media
    6. 6. Includes Low hearing AND low vision Complex communication needs Language Literacy Auslan Braille, English Literacy Digital Literacy Deafblind Community
    7. 7. Growing numbers - ageing population Difficult to know how many people with deafblindness -~ 300,000 (Access Economics) Widening gap in digital literacy as audio and video replace text Hidden in families, aged care and supported accommodation. Degenerative condition with ongoing grief. Deafblind Community
    8. 8. Cultural Diversity English as a Second Language Aged Other Disability Unemployed Socio economic disadvantage Mental Health Deafblind Community
    9. 9. “If a Device works for the deafblind community, it will work for everyone”
    10. 10. Accessibility by Sense Speak Feel Hear See
    11. 11. Out of the box Accessibility built into Device A range of inputs and outputs. Touch & vibration Speech and braille QWERTY Keyboard and Braille Keyboard Magnification, display colours. Android, Windows, Apple Good Design
    12. 12. Customisable input and outputs. Speech keyboard shortcuts Magnification Display colours. Android, Windows, Apple For Example my phone is read as "Four hundred and 7, eight hundred and eighteen, three hundred and twenty nine." Customisable Accessibility
    13. 13. Websites and Apps designed for each device, platform, screen size is causing major headaches. No Consistency across devices and platforms. Accessibility is seen as just an additional burden with rushed deadlines. Accessibility = Quality Design Across All Devices - Apps - Platforms. Accessible Websites and App
    14. 14. “You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle. You put water into a teapot it becomes the teapot.” Responsive Web/App Design
    15. 15. Content separated from the Device/Platform Same content into any device becomes accessible due to user settings on the device. Ensures consistency for user Keep the Complexity – Make is Simple Responsive Web Design
    16. 16. “It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.” Helen Keller
    17. 17. Claire Tellefson- Digital Literacy Claire.tellefson@ableaustralia.org.au www.ableaustralia.org.au http://exchange.telstra.com.au/author/claire-tellefson/

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