OZeWAI Conference 2017


The OZeWAI conference 2017 program has a great range of amazing speakers talking about the latest developments and presenting on relevant accessibility projects. Selected presentations delivered at the conference will be live streamed as indicated below.

Please note: All workshops are being held in the Dickson Room. All other sessions are in the theatre.

Day 1



Tea and coffee



Liddy Neville


Brigitta Norton



Nas Campanella, ABC Triple J

Nas will speak about her disability and job as a newsreader and journalist. She will specifically focus on the specialised technology that’s been developed to allow her to do her job and the overall importance of technology in her life.

10:50am Morning Break



David Masters, Microsoft

A guide to the Microsoft Inclusive Design toolkit – resources to help you embed inclusive design thinking into your organisation.

The forgotten people: going beyond the “minimal viable cohort”

Meera Pankhania, Digital Transformation Agency and Lily Ainsworth, Digital Transformation Agency

What happens if, rather than putting into the “too hard basket”, we make the opportunity to talk to the forgotten people - people such as transgender individuals and refugees? How do we take complex learnings and insights into our design process? How do these learnings influence our product prioritisation when we’re running to tight timeframes and other constraints? We want to share what you can do with the rich insights you purposefully, or accidentally, capture along the way; how you can be brave and challenge the design of your service or product; and how, as a team, you can deliver a more nuanced, inclusive experience.

How to teach WCAG 2.0

Matthew Putland, Centre for Inclusive Design

The WCAG guideline is straightforward to one who has referenced it extensively for years. But for people just getting into web accessibility, it’s an absolute brick wall of knowledge that is difficult to grasp or understand without a helping hand. This presentation will cover techniques to make the learning for newcomers smoother and easier by making the complex simple.

12noon Lunch Break


Workshop - CADET

Madeleine Rothberg, WGBH

Learn how to use CADET, the free, downloadable caption-authoring software from NCAM that enables anyone to produce high-quality caption files that are compatible with any media player that supports the display of captions. CADET 2.0 helps you write your description script, too. Bring your own computer, head phones and video clips to get started.

No more pleading ignorance: accessible-first web development is here

Sam Bordiss, Adelphi Digital

It is no longer feasible to consider accessibility an afterthought, a mandatory tick in the box at the end of a project - and this involves everyone. A hypothetical project with practical advice.

Sam Bordiss presentation(20MB,PPTX)

Sam Bordiss presentation(4MB,PDF)

WAI Update

Andrew Arch, Intopia

An update on WCAG developments and other W3C WAI activities and outputs during 2017

W3C ‘Silver’ update

Vivienne Conway, WebKeyIT

Vivienne Conway presentation(711KB,PPTX)

2:30pm Afternoon Break


Surveillance Technology for People With Disability

Zel Iscel, Inclusive World

Disability service providers have been excited about the advent of surveillance technology, believing it would be a cost-effective means of caring for people with disability and that it would protect them from abuse. Yet with the alarming increase of cyber abuse and the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, questions have arisen about the efficacy, morality and application of surveillance technology for people with disability.

ARIA: the path to accessibility salvation or the road to eternal frustration?

Andrew Downie

When used appropriately, ARIA has the potential to improve markedly accessibility of websites. When misused it can add meaningless verbosity and confusion. Learn useful examples and pitfalls to be avoided.

Andrew Downie presentation(144KB,PPSX)

User stories for accessibility

Andrew Arch, Intopia

Writing user stories describing the accessibility requirements of people with disability can ensure their needs get incorporated during the iterations (sprints) of an agile project.

5:30pm to 9:00pm Drinks and Dinner at Pacific Suites

Day 2



Tea and coffee



Liddy Neville


OZeWAI Annual General Meeting

Agenda, including election of office bearers for 2018.

Using cognitive walkthroughs to better review designs for accessibility

Sarah Pulis, Intopia

A cognitive walkthrough is a usability inspection method where you put yourself in the shoes of a user and walk through common tasks and ask a set of questions from a user’s perspective. This technique can help understand how well a particular type of user, usually represented by a persona, is able to accomplish important goals. In this presentation, we will discuss how the cognitive walkthrough method can be used to review designs or existing websites using personas with different access requirements.

10:30am Morning Break


Workshop: Structuring documents

Andrew Downie

Structuring MS Office, PDF and HTML files correctly so as to save authors much time and effort and to ensure accessibility.

Building a culture of inclusion into agile projects

Likhasinh Sayasane, Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Building a culture of accessibility and inclusivity means making it a responsibility for all disciplines involved in delivering a service. This presentation shares how the ImmiAccount project leads accessibility in an agile environment at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Likhasinh Sayasane presentation(351KB,PDF)

It’s time to design for trust

Nathan Kinch, >X

Right now there is a serious data trust gap. It needs to be closed if we’re to unlock to real value of personal information sharing and services for both people and organisations. Nathan will introduce you to the rapidly evolving personal data landscape.

Nathan Kinch presentation(9.2MB,PDF)

12noon Lunch break


Workshop: Using NVDA

Michael Curran

Web accessibility is everyone’s job

Remya Ramesh, SeamlessCMS

It’s great to keep up to date with readings, meetups, and training, but until you embed accessibility thinking within your project or product delivery process, you’ll struggle to build truly accessible solutions. Remya is going to share Seamless’s journey in implementing a cross-functional working group and weaving accessibility into their web development process.

New design trends causing accessibility issues

Harjit Kaur, WebKeyIT

Harjit’s presentation will provide information about new trends on website design which are causing accessibility issues to different range of disability users. The audience will get to know the problems that arises due to these trends on website design.

Harjit Kaur presentation(20.5MB,PPTX)

Blackboard Accessibility

Grant Beevers, Blackboard

A digital accessibility program encompasses so much more than technology: Blackboard’s approach to accessibility includes the platforms, the content going into courses, and consultative opportunities.

Grant Beevers presentation(16.1MB,PPTX)

2:30pm Afternoon Break


iOS Native App Accessibility

Leona Zumbo, Vision Australia

The Deloitte 2016 Mobile Customer Survey states that the ‘app’ has to be considered one of the most disruptive innovations of the last decade. Smartphone ownership in Australia is at 84% making apps a key part of the ‘mobile economy’. With the prevalence of native apps in the Australian market Digital Access at Vision Australia explores the built-in accessibility features of iOS devices. We will use video highlights to demonstrate the limitations of these features; and will cover basic Accessibility API options and design considerations that need to be integrated into development to create accessible apps. We will discuss various testing techniques organisations can use to ensure that app development and design is enhanced to be inclusive to everyone.

Accessibility in pattern libraries

Russ Weakley, Ambiata

In the old days, many developers looked at complex websites and web applications as a series of individual pages. These days, it’s all about abstracting these pages down to re-usable elements, modules and components which are then documented, designed and built as comprehensive pattern libraries. Pattern libraries can be used as an integral part of the UX, design and front-end development phases. But where should accessibility be included in these different types of pattern libraries? Come on a journey as we explore the pain and glory of baking accessibility into UX, design and front-end pattern libraries.

Russ Weakley presentation(2.5MB,PDF)

Disability as a driver of innovation

Zoe Rose, SEEK

Typewriters, punch cards, telephones, the TCIP/IP protocol - these are just a few examples of technologies whose invention was driven by the needs of people with impairments. This talk will discuss the history of the hidden influence disability has always had on technological innovation, and how new approaches to design such as Microsoft’s inclusive design toolkit are shaping innovation today.

Zoe Rose presentation(4.6MB,PPSX)

6:00pm to 9:00pm Drinks and dinner at the Yacht Club

Day 3



Tea and coffee


Educational Accessibility in Action

Keynote: Madeleine Rothberg, WGBH

The National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH is guiding accessibility implementation in WGBH’s digital curriculum built with NASA resources. How do we approach a large-scale curriculum project? I will discuss the decisions, trade-offs, and innovations that impact the collection, and show some of the results, which are offered at no charge through PBS Learning Media.

Madeleine Rothberg presentation(11.2MB,PDF)

Madeleine Rothberg presentation(35.5MB,PPTX)

An Update on Accessibility at Microsoft

David Masters, Microsoft

Microsoft has a mission to see people of all abilities reach their full potential. 12 months on from the last OzeWAI get an update on how Microsoft is delivering against this mission in the latest updates to its core platforms; opportunities that this creates for inclusive education; and innovations that are opening up new possibilities for people with disabilities

How to sneak accessibility into the enterprise, and other scary stories

Gerry Neustatl, ABC

I joined the ABC as Accessibility & Inclusive Design Lead in 2015 with a simple mission: to make the National Broadcaster’s media products accessible. In reality, fast-paced digital production environments like the ABC have tight timelines and competing priorities. Accessibility was too hard, too expensive and rarely achieved. That’s changing at the ABC. More people can watch iView catch-up TV, listen to Triple J radio and vote in the Hottest 100, read ABC NEWS and buy from the ABC online store. Achieving this meant challenging busy product owners, designers, developers and testers to embrace the possibilities and benefits of inclusive experiences. Come share my journey.

Creating a Truly Inclusive Experience

Grant Beevers, Blackboard

Blackboard is committed to delivering accessible products and working with our clients to create inclusive educational experiences for everyone. Understanding that a digital accessibility program encompasses so much more than technology, we approach accessibility by looking at the platforms, the content going into courses, and consultative opportunities to help you better understand accessibility across the entire student experience.

Grant Beevers web-cast presentation(8.7MB,PDF)

Grant Beevers web-cast presentation(21.6MB,PPTX)

11:00am Morning Break


Reducing Service Debt via Accessible Procurement

Andrew Normand

‘Service debt’ is often the unwanted result of rushing to complete the procurement process. So-called ‘non-functional’ requirements, such as accessibility needs, are often discounted, or omitted altogether, because they can be difficult to assess. This presentation looks at practical ways of incorporating accessibility into the procurement process.

Andrew Normand presentation(1.8MB,PPTX)

Panel: 20 Years of OZeWAI

Panel discussion. Pin the ‘tale’ on the timeline.

12:30pm Lunch break


Learn by Listening: The role of text to speech technology in online learning systems

Richard Ings, Readspeaker

This presentation will outline examples of text to speech technology integrations in learning management systems and digital assessment platforms. With application from K-12 to advanced tertiary studies, what role does audio play in inclusive online learning?

Access Gaming

Amanda Mace, WebKeyIT

Gaming has seen massive amounts of growth in recent years but what about the accessibility? Find out what is being done and what needs doing in the popular eSport of Multiplayer Online Battle Games.

Amanda Mace presentation(6.7MB,PPTX)

Web accessibility in the Gulf

Muhammad Saleem

Presenting the issues of web accessibility and practice in e-government websites in Arabian Gulf countries.

Muhammad Saleem presentation(3.8MB, PPTX)

Existing mechanisms to provide accessibility in videogames

Ronny Andrade

Videogames’ strong focus on visual output prevents access to this media for people with vision impairment. Ronny’s PhD explores the currently available fixes and searches for novel ways to use sound to allow vision impaired participants to access videogames, such as echolocation.

Ronny Andrade presentation(2.9MB,PDF)

Ronny Andrade Accessibility and games(35.6MB,PPTX)

3:00pm Afternoon Break


The presentations in this afternoon session will be live-streamed.

Accessibility and Discrimination

Julie Phillips, Disability Discrimination Legal Service

When information and services are not accessible, they can discriminate against those who miss out on their use. In this session, we will learn about a project in which Communication Rights Australia, Disability Discrimination Legal Service and RMIT are developing a website/app for schools to ensure this does not happen, and what is done to help when there is discrimination. The Disability Discrimination Legal Service works tirelessly to assist people with disabilities access goods and services on an equal basis to others. In this session, the work they and their peer organisations in other states do will be explained by the Manager of the Disability Discrimination Legal Service.

Julie Phillips presentation(2.6MB,PPT)


Marcos Cáceres, Mozilla

Accessibility is at the heart of everything we do in web standards, and because a large part of what we do online is commerce related - buying movie tickets, paying bills, making donations - browser makers have spent many years trying to make sure users can fill out forms quickly, efficiently, and where possible, automatically. But to make purchasing things online even easier, the last year has seen a collaboration between browser vendors, merchants, and the financial services industry. This collaboration resulted in the Payment Request API, which has the potential to vastly improve accessibility of e-commerce flows. This is done by allowing the browser to mediate the payment process, giving all users a consistent and accessible purchasing experience, while reducing much of the friction that exists today with filling out forms. In this talk, Marcos will discuss the journey the standards community took to get to an accessible payment experience and our focus on putting the user first, how we are building things in Firefox, and how we hope to continue to integrate closely with existing web technology to keep improving the overall accessibility of the Web.

Marcos Cáceres presentation(4MB,PPTX)

Marcos Cáceres presentation(2MB,PDF)

4:30pm to 6:00pm Closing Drinks