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Accessibility is Primarily About People and Processes, Not Digital Resources!

Posted by Brian Kelly on 29 November 2013

Earlier today I gave the closing talk at the OZeWAI 2013 conference, which was held in La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia. However as I was in bed in Bath at the time, I pre-recorded my presentation. I had intended to answer questions using Skype or via Twitter but as I was asleep after having arrived home after a brief holiday in Marrakesh a few hours before the talk was delivered I was unable to do this.

The title of my talk is “Accessibility is Primarily About People and Processes, Not Digital Resources!“. In the talk I review approaches developed by accessibility researchers and practitioners in the UK (with some input from Australian colleagues) since 2005 and complementary standardisation work which resulted in the BS 8878 Code of Practice for Web Accessibility.

The slides, with accompanying audio, are available on Slideshare and embedded below.

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2 Responses to “Accessibility is Primarily About People and Processes, Not Digital Resources!”

  1. Jonathan O'Donnell said

    Thanks for the presentation, Brian. It generated a lot of discussion. I don’t know that everybody liked it, but that wasn’t the point. It got us all thinking, as you always do.

    Andrew Normand, the accessibility lead for Melbourne University, said that he was already using the British standard and that it was very useful.

    Personally, it made me think that OZeWAI has been a little too W3C focused. Then again, the WAI in OZeWAI does stand for Web Accessibility Initiative, so I guess that is written into our DNA.

    I liked the point about including material from disability studies and other areas. Whenever I’ve mentioned OZeWAI to people like that, they haven’t showed much interest. I get the feeling that they aren’t really interested in how the Web works. Then again, maybe I haven’t shown much interest in their world, either.

    Thanks again for a great presentation. Hopefully we’ll see you out here again one day.

    Jonathan

  2. […] Earlier today I gave the closing talk at the OZeWAI 2013 conference, which was held in La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia. However as I was in bed in Bath at the time, I pre-recorded my presentation.  […]

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