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.

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Monday 20th NovemberTuesday 21st November Wednesday 22nd November

AGM Agenda

Monday 20th November - OZeWAI Conference 2017 Program

9.00am: Registration, tea and coffee

9.30am: Session 1

Opening Session (90 mins)

Welcome (10 mins): Liddy Nevile (@ozewai)

Logistics (10 mins): Brigitta Norton (@ozewai)

Keynote (60 minutes): Nas Campanella, News Journalist, Triple J

10.50am: Tea and coffee break

11.00am: Session 2

Session 2 - Stream 1, Dickson Room (60 minutes)

Workshop: David Masters (@mastersofdavid), Corporate Affairs Manager, Microsoft Australia

Session 2 - Stream 2, Theatre (70 mins)

Andrew Arch (@amja), Intopia: WAI update

Meera and Lily, DTA

12.00pm: Lunch break

1.20pm: Session 3

Session 3 - Stream 1, Dickson Room (70 minutes)

Workshop: Madeleine Rothberg (@wgbh), WGBH’s NASA Digital Learning Partnership: CADET

Session 3 - Stream 2, Theatre (60 mins)

Matthew Putland (LinkedIn), Media Access Australia: How to teach WCAG 2.0

  • 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.

Sam Bordiss (LinkedIn), Adelphi Digital: No more pleading ignorance: accessible-first web development is here

  • A shift is needed in the way we, as web developers, and digital agencies, think about accessibility. 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. I will be taking the audience through a hypothetical project, illustrating how accessibility can, and needs to be, a key consideration at every step of the process. I will be providing practical tips for an accessible-first approach to each stage, from initial concept and client discussion, to design, development, and beyond, illustrating that accessibility is just as important as being responsive and cross-browser compatible, and need not be as daunting as it seems.

Andrew Downie: ARIA - the path to accessibility salvation or the road to eternal frustration

  • When used appropriately, ARIA has the potential to improve markedly accessibility of websites. When misused it can add meaningless verbosity and confusion. This presentation will present useful examples and point out pitfalls to be avoided.

2.30pm: Tea and coffee break

3.00pm: Session 4 (90 mins)

Zel Iscel, InclusiveWorld: Surveillance Technology for People With Disability

  • Disability service providers have been excited about the advent of surveillance technology, particularly cameras, 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. While some research has been undertaken into the efficacy, morality and application of surveillance technology from the perspectives of health professionals, ethicists and support workers, there has been minimal attention to the views of people with disability. This presentation outlines some of the areas of research that need to be undertaken in surveillance technology for people with disability.

Gerry Neustatl (@a11yoz), ABC: How to ‘sneak’ accessibility into the enterprise, and other scary stories

Andrew Arch (@amja), Intopia: User stories for accessibility

  • 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 - 9.00pm: OZeWAI drinks and dinner at Pacific Suites Canberra

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Tuesday 21st November - OZeWAI Conference 2017 Program

9.00am: Registration, tea and coffee

9.40am: Session 5 (60 mins)

Introduction and welcome (10 mins)

Keynote (30 mins): Madeleine Rothberg (@wgbh), WGBH’s NASA Digital Learning Partnership

OZeWAI Annual General Meeting (30 mins)

  • AGM including election of office bearers for 2017

10.30am: Tea and coffee break

11.00am: Session 6

Session 6 - Stream 1: Dickson Room (60 mins)

Michael Curran, NVDA– NVDA screen reader workshop

Session 6 - Stream 2: Theatre (60 mins)

Remya Ramesh (@rem_ram): Web accessibility is everyone's job

  • Its 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.

Nathan Kinch (@GreaterThanXD) : It's time to design for trust

  • 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's will introduce you to the rapidly evolving personal data landscape. He'll present a framework for getting really close to the people you serve as customers. He'll then show you how to evolve your design process through the principles and practices of Data Transparency by Design. This is how fast-moving organisations are closing the trust gap and converting 'trust design' into their competitive advantage.

12.00pm: Lunch break

1.20pm: Session 7

Session 7 - Stream 1, Dickson Room (60 mins)

Andrew Downie: Structuring documents workshop

  • An hour workshop on structuring MS Office, PDF and HTML files correctly so as to save authors much time and effort and to ensure accessibility

Session 7 - Stream 2, Theatre (130 mins)

Gian Wild (@accessibilityoz), AccessibilityOZ: Social media and accessibility

  • Gian Wild goes through the accessibility issues of each of the four main social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn) and discusses ways that you can make sure your social media content is accessible.

Harjit Kaur (@harjitkaur0831p), WebKeyIT: New Trends on Website Design causing Accessibility Issues

  • 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.

Grant Beevers (@BlackboardAPAC), Blackboard: Blackboard Ally

2.30pm: Tea and coffeee break

3.00pm: Session 8

Likhasinh Sayasane, Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP): Building a culture of inclusion into agile projects – a DIBP example

  • 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).

Amanda Mace (@webkey_it), WebKeyIT: Access Gaming

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

Sarah Pulis (@sarahtp), (@Intopiadigital):  

6.00pm - 9.00pm: Drinks and dinner at Canberra Yacht Club

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Wednesday 22nd November - OZeWAI Conference 2017 Program

8.30am: Registration, tea and coffee

9.00am: Session 9 (90 mins)

Introduction and welcome (10 mins)


Presentation 1: TBC

David Masters (@mastersofdavid), Corporate Affairs Manager, Microsoft Australia:  [This presentation will be live streamed]

10.30am: Tea and coffee break

11.00am: Session 10 (90 mins)

Grant Beevers (@BlackboardAPAC), Blackboard: Creating a Truly Inclusive Experience [This presentation will be live streamed]

  • 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.

Zoe Rose, Disability as a driver of innovation

  • 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.

Liddy , TBC


12.30pm: Lunch break

2.00pm: Session 11

Panel session: 20-years of OZeWAI -pin the tale on the timeline

  • Audience discussion

Muhammad Saleem, Web accessibility compliance for e-Government websites in the Gulf region

  • The presentation will present the issues of web accessibility and practice in e-government websites in Arabian Gulf countries.

Ronny Andrade, Existing mechanisms to provide accessibility in videogames

  • Videogames are a medium of entertainment that attracts a growing portion of the population. However, videogames strong focus on visual output generates exclusion to access to this media from individuals with vision impairment. Approaches to improve accessibility in games include: supporting current accessibility technology and embedding accessibility features in the core mechanics of the game. During my PhD, I'm exploring these currently available approaches and looking for novel ways to use sound to allow vision impaired participants to access videogames. Echolocation, or the use of sound and its reverberation over virtual surfaces is the approach I have followed during the first stage of my PhD and I would like to present my initial findings to a broader audience.

3.00pm: Tea and coffee break

3.30pm: Session 12

Andrew Normand (@Andrew_Normand), University of Melbourne: Reducing Service Debt via Accessible Procurement

  • '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. The strengths and weaknesses of the Accessibility ICT Procurement Standard (AS EN 301 549:2016) will be looked at, together with Requests for Proposal criteria, response evaluation, user testing and contracts.

Keynote: Marcos Cáceres (@marcosc), Mozilla: TBC

4.30pm - 6.00pm: OZeWAI Closing Drinks

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Date: 21st November 2017

Time: 10am

Location: Australian National Botanic Gardens

Attendees: All invited

The following items are on the agenda. The person responsible for presenting or chairing the item is in brackets.


  1. Apologies (Secretary)
  2. Attendance (Secretary)
  3. Confirmation of minutes from 2016 AGM (Secretary)
  4. Annual report (Chair)
  5. Annual financial statement (Treasurer)
  6. Election of 2018 committee members (Secretary):
    • Chair
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • Conference Convener 2018
    • Web site manager
    • Committee members
    • Discussion of OzeWAI 2017 (Secretary)
  7. Planning for OzeWAI 2018 (Conference Convener)
  8. Any other business (Secretary)

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