Web Accessibility = an Inclusive Information Society

Realising the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities

November 23 - 24 2009 at Melbourne University, Victoria, Australia.

Special Topics for 2009 Workshop:

Worldwide, there have been significant steps towards a more inclusive online environment. New applications for improving the accessibility of content and services are adopting revised guidelines from W3C; new quality certification standards have been developed, and interactive accessibility services are emerging. The ISO committee has produced an inventory of needs, responses, and requires input from users and developers. Learn more about these developments and how to take advantage of them at OZeWAI Workshop 2009.

The following topics are very relevant:

Who should attend the OZeWAI Workshop?

We always try to plan for the participants we expect to join us. Accessibility is of interest to people from a range of disciplines. Within those disciplines, we think the following people are relevant to our workshop. The list is not exhaustive but should be indicative:

We always like to support the techie folk. Adaptability depends upon the expertise of technical people and we are keen to ensure that OZeWAI is a good forum for exchange between members of this class.
A significant number of people working in the field of adaptability are also within the educational domain. We will be encouraging senior administrators, managers, designers and the technical teams to join us.
* internationalisation and multi-lingual content developers/managers/educators
Providing resources in multiple languages, and resources that are suitable for international use, is not as easy as it might be. Experts and novices can work together on this topic.
*maths, science, music developers/publishers/educators (symbolic languages)
Using the Web to distribute maths, science, music and other symbolically represented content in a standard way is essential if it is to be available to everyone.
Accessibility research is a lively field. Papers that report this research are welcomed. Where papers have already been published elsewhere, presenters might like to submit a short paper to present their work in this forum.
information managers
Just how critical is good management to accessibility? We appreciate that it is crucial but also that often managing the associated activities means working in a new domain for those responsible. We aim to help managers and those responding to managers' concerns. Managers often want to know what they should know, what they should do, what they should expect others to do, and how much it will all cost.
users and ideas people!
Without both people and ideas, nothing will happen!

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Workshop costs

The OZeWAI 2009 Workshop at OZCHI will cost $300 for two days including lunch. See http://www.ozchi.org/mediawiki/index.php/OZeWAI

Registration should be done via the OZCHI website: http://www.ozchi.org/mediawiki/index.php/REGISTER

Important dates for 2009

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