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Taking it online: Web accessibility for local government

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An introduction to web accessibility for New Zealand local government organisations: defining accessibility, why it's important for print-disabled audiences, and the policy context for web accessibility in New Zealand.

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Taking it online: Web accessibility for local government

  1. 1. Taking it online Web accessibility for local government
  2. 2. Web accessibility <ul><li>Perceivable </li></ul><ul><li>Operable </li></ul><ul><li>Understandable </li></ul><ul><li>Robust </li></ul><ul><li>Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0: http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/ </li></ul>
  3. 3. 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, inventor of the World Wide Web. </li></ul>
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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>
  6. 6. The Web is not a barrier to people with disabilities, it is the solution from Constructing a POUR website: http://www.webaim.org/articles/pour/
  7. 7. Access to information <ul><li>Participation in democracy </li></ul><ul><li>Social and cultural inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Education opportunities including life-long learning </li></ul><ul><li>Meaningful employment and business interactions </li></ul>
  8. 8. e-Government <ul><li>New Zealand Government Web Standards 2.0 http://webstandards.govt.nz/ </li></ul><ul><li>Strong focus on accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Linked with cross-government Digital Strategy: http://www.digitalstrategy.govt.nz </li></ul>
  9. 9. 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>
  10. 10. 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>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Moira Clunie [email_address] Mike Lloyd [email_address] </li></ul>

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