The OZeWAI conference 2016 program has a great range of amazing speakers talking about the latest developments and presenting on relevant accessibility projects. 

Select presentations delivered at the conference will be live streamed as indicated below.


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Monday 28th NovemberTuesday 29th November Wednesday 30th November

AGM Agenda

Monday 28th November - OZeWAI Conference 2016 Program

8.30am: Registration, tea and coffee.

9.00am: Session 1

Opening Session (90 mins)

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

Logistics (10 mins): Brigitta Norton (@adelphidigital), Adelphi Digital

Presentation 1 (30 mins): Tony Abrahams, (@accessinclusion), CEO AI Media - Social media: driving web accessibility [This presentation will be live streamed]

  • Mobile video dominates the viewing habits of a billion people who now spend an hour every day on Facebook. Over a third of all web viewing is now within social media platforms. This presentation will explore how decisions made by these global platforms have created new commercial imperatives that are driving web accessibility - way faster than regulation.

Opening session (40 mins) - Accessibility and the Digital Service Standard

Panel and audience discussion:

10.30am: Tea and coffee break

11.00am: Session 2

Session 2 - Stream 1, Conference Room (180 mins)

Derek Featherstone (@feather, @SAteaches), Simply Accessible - Workshop: Inclusive UX design: At the elbows 

  • In order to do accessibility well, you need two things: knowledge and skills. This workshop brings you both. You'll learn how to implement accessibility into all phases of the web design and production lifecycle. You'll examine and unpack your own process to understand how to align it with the needs of people with a wide variety of disabilities. And, you'll journey side by side with Derek Featherstone through inclusive design activities that you can take back to your work and apply immediately to improve the quality of what you and your team produces.

Session 2 - Stream 2, Theatre (90 mins)

Presentation 1: Wilco Fiers, WAI/WCAG taskforce, Deque Systems: Accessibility testing, in the eye of the beholder [This presentation will be live streamed]

  • Ask 10 accessibility testers, and you get 11 answers. This creates a lot of confusion, especially for who don't live WCAG every day. W3C plans to harmonize accessibility testing, to reduce this confusion. Automated Test Tools will play an important role in this.

Presentation 2: Dr Scott Hollier (LinkedIn): Will your toaster become WCAG 2.0 compliant?

  • The arrival of the Internet of Things (IoT) offers great promise for people with disabilities, but there are currently two schools of thought as to how its interface is best supported. Dr Scott Hollier will focus on how we can ensure that as IoT becomes a part of daily life that accessibility remains a key focus.

Presentation 3: Vithya Vijayakumare (LinkedIn), VisAbility: Accessibile ePub3: The Road to "Inclusive Publishing"

  • ePub3, the latest e-book format, includes many features that empower publishers and distributors to produce and distribute content with enhanced usability and accessibility. ePub3 can now contain audio, video and interactivity, just like a website. In other words, ePub3 is an offline version of a website. This presentation will give you a brief overview of these features from a user's point of view. ePub3 promises a revolution in inclusive publishing, bringing us closer to an era of making publications “Born Accessible". It is an initiative to make all books and reading materials fully accessible when they are first created. Moreover, the distinctiveness of ePub3 opens the door to people and students, to experience rich multimedia and reading experience in an entirely new level.

12.30am: Lunch break

2.00pm: Session 3

Session 3 (120 mins)

Lightning Talks (30 mins)

  • Roger Hudson (@rogerhudson), Web Usabililty: A11y adventure ride
  • Russ Weakley (@russmaxdesign), Max Design: Accessible custom radio buttons and checkboxes
    • Creating custom-designed radio buttons and checkboxes has never been easy. Many developers have found ways of hacking these elements using CSS and JavaScript. but can they also be accessible. The answer is yes, with a little extra effort. This presentation will walk through some simple examples to show how radio buttons and checkboxes can be semantic as well as keyboard/screen-reader accessible.

Presentation 1: Leona Zumbo (@DigitalAccessVA), Vision Australia: Self-service Banking

  • Find out what the future of self-service banking might look like, and how to improve the experience for people with different abilities. Vision Australia will share the methodology and general findings from their recent Accessibility Observational Study of National Australia Bank’s ATMs. We’ll discuss the challenges of touchscreen technologies, how ATM audio scripts and systems can be improved, and what factors constitute a wheelchair-accessible ATM.

Panel session (30 mins) - W3C and WCAG updates

  • Andrew Arch (@amja), DTA
  • Charles Nevile, Yandex

Keynote (30 mins): Alastair McEwin (@almcewinddc), Disability Discrimination Commissioner - Empowerment through technology: why digital inclusion matters [This presentation will be live streamed]

4.00pm: Tea and coffee break

4.30pm: Session 4 (60 mins)

Interactive session 1: Leigh Gittoes (@leigit_): AngularJS A11y: A technical guide

  • Single page applications like Angular come with unique accessibility considerations beyond the traditional website. Leigh will discuss the different strategies and tools for meeting WCAG AA with Angular2 along with practical examples

Interactive session 2: Amanda Mace (@webkey_it), WebKeyIT: Can you find your way? A hands-on challenge using your smartphone and screen-reader

  • An interactive workshop using built in voice technology on mobile devices (either iOS or Android) to plan a journey in a public transportation application

5.30pm - 7.00pm: OZeWAI Drinks at ANU House

7.00pm - 9.00pm: Dinner at ANU House

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Tuesday 29th November - OZeWAI Conference 2016 Program

8.30am: Registration, tea and coffee.

9.00am: Session 5

Introduction and welcome (10 mins)

Session 5 (90 mins) – Accessibility standards

Keynote (30 mins): John Sheridan (@sherro58), Australian Government Chief Technology Officer: Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services [This presentation will be live streamed]

  • Australia is in the process of adopting the European standard for accessibility in ICT public procurement. The direct text adoption of EN 301 549, which is closely aligned with Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act, will provide government buyers with a useful reference to assist in ensuring ICT software and hardware is aligned to the needs of people with disabilities. This will increase their opportunities for public sector improvement.

Presentation 1 (45 mins): Derek Featherstone (@feather, @SAteaches), Simply Accessible - Inclusive service design: The outcome and the process

  • In this talk, Derek will look at the last 2 years of working with airlines as they meet their accessibility requirements under the Air Carrier Access Act. He'll discuss how the rules and policies themselves were setup to facilitate inclusion, and at the same time presented significant barriers to inclusive service design. We'll look at team structures and how that influenced the mindset and execution of the work that needed to be done. And finally, Derek will share lessons learned and practical techniques that will help you create and practice inclusive service design.

10.30am: Tea and coffee break.

11.00am: Session 6

Session 6 - Stream 1: Conference Room (90 mins)

Mat Mirabella, (@matmirabella) – NVDA screen reader workshop

Session 6 - Stream 2: Theatre (90 mins) - Accessibility tools and facilities

Presentation 1: Mark Rogers, Powermapper (@PowerMapper): Screen Reader Support for WCAG Techniques – Trend Data since 2013

  • Support for some WCAG techniques is good and improving, but support for others techniques is getting worse. As support for some techniques decreases websites using those techniques become more inaccessible even if they don’t change

Presentation 2: Chris Pycroft (@chrispytweets, @Intopiadigital), Intopia: Barrier free mental health through inclusive design

  • With mental health becoming a core component of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and many leading mental health and suicide prevention organisations increasing service delivery and support through digital platforms, how organisations are making their services both inclusive and accessible. This presentation will outline current digital service demand in the mental health and suicide prevention sectors, organisations delivering mental health services specifically for people with a disability, and analyse leading organisations who are already incorporating accessibility into their service offerings

Presentation 3: Vivienne Conway (@webkey_it), WebKeyIT: The trouble with private health company websites : getting it right

  • You would think that private health companies would really understand that many of their members have health conditions, or would you? It seems that this isn’t the case in Australia. We will have a brief look at three public health websites, HBF, Medibank Private and Bupa from both a technical compliance and a user with disability perspective, and then learn the response from these companies when contacted with the issues.

12.30pm: Lunch break.

2.00pm: Session 7

Session 7 - Stream 1, Conference Room (90 mins)

Sarah Pulis (@sarahtp) and Chris Pycroft, (@chrispytweets), (@Intopiadigital) – DIY ARIA-enabled widgets and design patterns 

  • In this workshop, we will explore:
    • Fundamentals of ARIA: roles, states and properties, keyboard navigation
    • The rules of ARIA (and the benefits and possible drawbacks of ARIA use)
    • Examples of commonly used ARIA attributes such as aria-hidden, aria-label and aria-labelledby, aria-describedby, aria-expanded.
    • Examples of complex components such as ARIA-enabled radio buttons, modal windows and auto-suggest
  • Note: This workshop assumes that participants have some technical knowledge and knowledge of accessibility fundamentals and screen readers. Please bring your devices (preferably laptops) with a screen reader for some hands-on experiences. If you are a Windows user, you can install NVDA for free although we encourage you to give them a tax-deducatable donation because they are super awesome and have an fantastic product. Participants will be asked to work in groups for those without a device.

Session 7 - Stream 2, Theatre (90 mins) - Accessibility tools and facilities

Presentation 1: Andrew Normand (@Andrew_Normand), University of Melbourne: Accessibility of virtual reality environments

  • Virtual reality has a lot of blue-sky thinking about it, especially when linked to therapeutic outcomes. On the one hand, it can allow users to experience situations that might be difficult or impossible in real life. On the other hand, the accessibility of virtual environments impacts directly on users’ sense of immersion. This session will examine the pros and cons of virtual reality for users with disabilities and older users, together with use cases for improving virtual experiences.

Presentation 2: Darren Britten, La Trobe University: The challenges for Higher Education in providing accessible learning opportunities for all students: a La Trobe University perspective.

  • • Over the past decade much has changed in the tertiary education sector in Australia. The way we teach, the tools and systems we use, and the students and staff who use them are in a constant state of evolution. While many of the challenges in making education accessible and inclusive to the widest possible number of students have been overcome, many still remain and many more ‘know unknowns’ are approaching fast. What can we learn from the past to inform future successes for students, staff and the institution? What if we had a time machine?

Presentation 3: Herin Hentry (@HerinHentry): Agile and Accessibility - Water and Oil?

  • WCAG is not scary anymore ( was an effort for a progressive approach to Accessibility in SDLC web development methodology. Agile is becoming popular as the applications are built, checked and modified in an iterative way for business processes. But, when it comes to accessibility, an agile approach can avoid the most common issue of retrofitting accessibility. In "Agile and Accessibility - Water and Oil?" presentation, Herin discusses the challenges in integrating Accessibility principles in Agile manifesto.This presentation includes - how the scrum team can integrate accessibility in backlog, how the accessibility responsibility can be broken down, how to include accessibility in Definition of Done and more

3.30pm: Tea and coffeee break.

4.00pm: Session 8

 Panel session (60 mins) - Making accessibility a part of the project process

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


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Wednesday 30th November - OZeWAI Conference 2016 Program

8.30am: Registration, tea and coffee.

9.00am: Session 9

Introduction and welcome (15 mins)

Session 9 (30 mins)

Presentation 1: David Masters (@mastersofdavid), Corporate Affairs Manager, Microsoft Australia: Inclusiveness and Transparency-Microsoft’s approach to accessibility [This presentation will be live streamed]

  • How Microsoft is developing an inclusive culture that embeds considerations for how to support people with a disability earlier on in the development cycle.

Panel session (45 mins) - You can't ask that - TBC

Audience discussion

10.30am: Tea and coffee break.

11.00am: Session 10

Session 10 (90 mins)

Keynote (30 mins): Professor Peter Radoll (@peterradoll), Dean of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy, University of Canberra - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Internet [This presentation will be live streamed]

  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics data show that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are considerably less likely to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the household compared to other Australians. Many believe that a lack of infrastructure is the main cause of the gap been the adoption the Internet between Indigenous and non-indigenous households . This presentation will explore some of the misnomers about the Internet and the access to technology by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Presentation 2: Gian Wild (@accessibilityoz), AccessibilityOZ: Making video accessible

  • In the US, Harvard and MIT have been sued by the National Association for the Deaf (supported by the Department of Justice) for lack of accurate closed captioning on their videos. However, the case also involves the inaccessibility of the video players. AccessibilityOz tested the accessibility of over 20 video players. In our testing, we found only two accessible video players, and neither of them were the large commercial players that most organizations use. Gian Wild talks about what makes a video player accessible, with examples

OZeWAI Annual General Meeting (30 mins)

AGM including election of office bearers for 2017

12.30pm: Lunch break.

2.00pm: Session 11

Session 11 (40 mins) - Lightning Talks

  • Julian Rzechowicz, (@adelphidigital), Adelphi Digital -The New Accessibility: Considering the Content
    • With the increasingly accessible nature of content written for the digital environment, have we been overlooking one of the most critical elements, the information itself?
  • Matthew Putland (LinkedIn), Media Access Australia: WCAG 2.0 Woes
    • A light-hearted presentation designed to show off common but poor accessibility examples that Matthew has discovered during his accessibility audits
  • Zel Iscel, InclusiveWorld
    • Navigation apps from a user's perspective: How much information is accessible and what is still missing. In this presentation, Zel will be demonstrating how she uses the navigation aps, which aps work better in certain situations and what the challenges are in using these aps

Panel session (60 mins) - Balancing the accessible and usable

Panel members: Russ Weakley, Andrew Downie and Roger Hudson will provide a brief overview of the issues at the start of the session and moderate the discussion.

  • The Web is evolving rapidly as sites become more dynamic. With JavaScript we can change the behaviour of web components in ways that we could just imagine only a decade ago, and ARIA now allows at least some of these changes to be identified by screen readers. Today’s more interactive and visually exciting content has expanded the commercial potential of the web and may bring usability benefits to those who are able to see the content and use a mouse. However, as we change the way components behave and content is displayed, is sufficient consideration given to ensuring the resulting sites are not more difficult to use by people who are unable to see or use a mouse.
  • The aim of this session is to provide an opportunity for conference participants to discuss how we balance the demands by clients and developers for evermore exciting content, with the capability of assistive technologies (and browsers) to render that content, and the ability of everyday users who rely on those technologies.

Audience discussion

4.00pm - 6.00pm: OZeWAI Closing Drinks

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Date: 30th November 2016

Time: 12pm

Location: 50MC Theatre, 50 Marcus Clarke St

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 2015 AGM (Secretary)
  4. Annual report (Chair)
  5. Annual financial statement (Treasurer)
  6. Election of 2017 committee members (Secretary):
    • Chair
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • Conference Convener 2017
    • Web site manager
    • Committee members
    • Discussion of OzeWAI 2016 (Secretary)
  7. Planning for OzeWAI 2017 (Conference Convener)
  8. Any other business (Secretary)

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