Stand-up for Your Rights webinar: Accessing the Digital World

26 May 2020

Have you visited a website and found it difficult or impossible to navigate? Have you tried to access information or accomplish a task using a smartphone app and found it frustrating or impossible?

Now more than ever people are relying on digital platforms to access services and accomplish everyday tasks. Yet there are still many websites and smartphone apps that present barriers to people who are blind or have low vision.

Register for our Accessing the Digital World webinar for advice from our experienced panel on accessing online platforms. You can register here - https://visionaustralia.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0j51wpU3Sb-9tj2CSpdOgg

In this webinar we will cover topics including:

  • Skills to navigate digital services using adaptive technology.
  • The Standards and Guidelines which indicate what people should reasonably expect by way of accessibility.
  • The research into smartphone usage conducted by Vision Australia and Curtin University.
  • Steps to take when you can’t access an app or website.

Please note we are aware of some instances where people experience captchas when registering for Zoom webinars. If you experience any difficulty with registering please contact us at webinar@visionaustralia.org with subject line “Accessing Services on Digital Platforms registration issue”

Our panellists are keen to answer questions you may have. Please send them to webinar@visionaustralia.org. You will also be able to ask questions during the webinar.

Accessing the Digital World webinar

When: Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Time:  6:30-7:30pm AEST

Cost: Free (your own data or call charges will apply)

Book your place: Please register your details here: https://visionaustralia.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0j51wpU3Sb-9tj2CSpdOgg

Meet our Vision Australia panelists

Damian McMorrow: Access Technology Product Owner

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Information Technology from Griffith University, Damian McMorrow has spent over 23 years in the IT industry in a variety of roles, from running his own adaptive technology business, through to managing technical and service delivery teams across the education sector. 

During this time, he has relied upon adaptive technology and equipment to help overcome a wide range of barriers and issues. 

Damian then brought his experience and passion for technology to Vision Australia, previously as an access technology specialist, where he assisted clients in the use of technology for work, education, travel and leisure, and currently as national Access Technology Product Owner, which is the lead role for our Access Technology Service.

Matt Putland: Digital Accessibility Consultant

Matt has over four years’ experience working with digital accessibility, and works with clients to offer technical and remediation advice on how to make their websites or mobile applications accessible for all.

Matt is the lead facilitator of Vision Australia’s highly popular Web Accessibility Techniques and Testing course, and has delivered this training and other services to large corporations, banks, universities and not-for-profit organisations.

Bruce Maguire: Lead Policy Advisor

Bruce is blind and has a Master’s degree in Policy and Applied Social Research. Before joining Vision Australia in 2008, Bruce worked in the Disability Rights Unit at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

He has also been Chair of the Australian Braille Authority and President of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities. He also led Vision Australia’s research project into barriers to online learning experienced by university students who are blind or have low vision.