Digital Inclusion Why is it important for local government?
Disability  is the process which happens when one group of people create barriers by designing a world only for their way ...
Print   disability ( New Zealand  Copyright Act 1994) <ul><li>a person has a print disability if he or she—  </li></ul><ul...
 
 
 
 
Inclusion builds participation <ul><li>Social and cultural </li></ul><ul><li>Education including life-long learning </li><...
2006 Census: median income vs highest qualification received
Inclusive communications <ul><li>Maximise audience, reduce costs </li></ul><ul><li>Control accuracy of information and con...
e-Government <ul><li>New Zealand Government Web Standards and Recommendations v1.0  http://www.e.govt.nz/ </li></ul><ul><l...
Disability Strategy <ul><li>Cross-government </li></ul><ul><li>“ a framework for removing barriers to disabled people's fu...
UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities <ul><li>…  States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensu...
Human Rights Act 1993 <ul><li>It is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of disability in any of the prohibited areas of ...
Web standards <ul><li>HTML is designed for universal access </li></ul><ul><li>“ The power of the Web is in its universalit...
Accessible = searchable
Accessible = usable <ul><li>“ The results support accessible design as universal design, of benefit to all users, independ...
Accessible = flexible
Accessible = flexible
Why is digital inclusion important? <ul><li>Moral: it’s the right thing to do </li></ul><ul><li>Socio-economic: it increas...
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Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?

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Why is digital inclusion an important consideration for local government? From a presentation to the Association of Local Government Information Managers, ALGIM, November 2008.

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  1. 1. Digital Inclusion Why is it important for local government?
  2. 2. Disability is the process which happens when one group of people create barriers by designing a world only for their way of living, taking no account of the impairments other people have.
  3. 3. Print disability ( New Zealand Copyright Act 1994) <ul><li>a person has a print disability if he or she— </li></ul><ul><li>(a) Is blind; or </li></ul><ul><li>(b) Suffers severe impairment of his or her sight; or </li></ul><ul><li>(c) Is unable to hold or manipulate books; or </li></ul><ul><li>(d) Is unable to focus or move his or her eyes; or </li></ul><ul><li>(e) Suffers a handicap with respect to visual perception. </li></ul>
  4. 8. Inclusion builds participation <ul><li>Social and cultural </li></ul><ul><li>Education including life-long learning </li></ul><ul><li>Meaningful employment and business interactions </li></ul>
  5. 9. 2006 Census: median income vs highest qualification received
  6. 10. Inclusive communications <ul><li>Maximise audience, reduce costs </li></ul><ul><li>Control accuracy of information and consistency of branding </li></ul><ul><li>Social responsibility – build internal and external confidence </li></ul>
  7. 11. e-Government <ul><li>New Zealand Government Web Standards and Recommendations v1.0 http://www.e.govt.nz/ </li></ul><ul><li>Strong focus on inclusive design </li></ul><ul><li>Linked with cross-government Digital Strategy: http://www.digitalstrategy.govt.nz </li></ul>
  8. 12. Disability Strategy <ul><li>Cross-government </li></ul><ul><li>“ a framework for removing barriers to disabled people's full participation in society” </li></ul><ul><li>Government departments report annually on progress towards inclusion </li></ul>
  9. 13. UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities <ul><li>… States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, … to information and communications, including information and communications technologies and systems … From Article 9, Accessibility </li></ul>
  10. 14. Human Rights Act 1993 <ul><li>It is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of disability in any of the prohibited areas of public life. </li></ul><ul><li>Reasonable accommodation. If a person requires special services or facilities and it is not reasonable to provide these, then the provider or employer need not provide them. </li></ul>
  11. 15. Web standards <ul><li>HTML is designed for universal access </li></ul><ul><li>“ The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.” - Tim Berners-Lee, director of the Word Wide Web Consortium and inventor of the World Wide Web. </li></ul>
  12. 16. Accessible = searchable
  13. 17. Accessible = usable <ul><li>“ The results support accessible design as universal design, of benefit to all users, independent of disability.” - The Benefit of Accessible Design for Able-Bodied Users of the World Wide Web, http://atri.misericordia.edu/Papers/ Web_Accessibility.php </li></ul>
  14. 18. Accessible = flexible
  15. 19. Accessible = flexible
  16. 20. Why is digital inclusion important? <ul><li>Moral: it’s the right thing to do </li></ul><ul><li>Socio-economic: it increases participation </li></ul><ul><li>Professional: it allows consistent communications with a broader audience </li></ul><ul><li>Legal: it’s required </li></ul><ul><li>Technical: it’s a better way of doing things </li></ul>

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