24 Jun 2019

20 June 2019, our first 'digital inclusion and a11y accessibility' meetup.

Cliff Edwards, Digital Product Manager Websites and Inclusion opening Office for Digital Government's 1st digital inclusion and a11y accessibility meetup. Presenter standing in front of seated audience.

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Around 50 people from across state and local government, private and the not for profit sectors came together to attended our first 'digital inclusion and a11y accessibility meetup' in Adelaide.

The meetups support the release of the State Government’s new Online Accessibility Policy and beta Toolkit (accessibility.sa.gov.au), launched on 16 May 2019 - Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

Get involved

The Office for Digital Government team help organise up to 4 meetups per year.

Everyone is welcome - you don't have to work for federal, state or local government, or work on government projects.

If you would like to be involved, or present at future meetups - register your interest and join our a11y email distribution list.

Presenters at Adelaide A11y #1

Nick Condon, Head of Digital Citizen Services (the team who developed the policy and toolkit) within Department of the Premier and Cabinet and Neil King, National Manager for Digital Access at Vision Australia presented at the meetup:

  • Nick provided an overview of how the policy and toolkit were developed, discussed the importance of accessibility by design, not as a ‘tick box’ exercise and showed a short video introduction to the toolkit.
  • Neil came over from New South Wales to share the importance and benefits of organisations embedding accessibility into their practices right from the start of a project.

The group was also joined by Dr. David Squirrell, President of Blind Citizens Australia (SA) representing the interests of people who are blind or vision impaired in South Australia.