One third of councils fail web accessibility test in the UK

In news sure to be of interest to councils in Australia, an annual UK-wide survey of every local council website in Britain revealed that one third of local government sites failed first-stage testing to find out how accessible their websites are for users with disabilities.

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Overseen by the Society of IT Management, the Better Connected usability test examines and evaluates local authority websites on a range of factors, with site accessibility for users with impairments, a high priority. This includes assessing how users with low vision, sight loss, mobility impairments, colour blindness, or dyslexia, along with others using assistive technology or keyboard navigation, can access council websites.

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Uni-accredited web access course now enrolling

Learn web access and change the digital world! Australia’s only university-accredited online access course aims to increase inclusion and participation on the web, and is now enrolling for a 27 February intake. The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA) is studied part-time online for six weeks, and graduates receive an internationally-recognised qualification.

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Listen to a recent interview where Senior PCWA Course Lecturer and global accessibility expert, Dr Scott Hollier, talks with Media Access Australia’s Philip Jenkinson about what the PCWA course covers, along with the benefits of studying it.

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What makes the PCWA online access course special

When does an online accessibility course keep delivering the latest information to students long after you’ve graduated? When it’s the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA). Senior course lecturer and world renowned digital access expert, Dr Scott Hollier, shares the various facets that make this university-backed six-week online course unique, in a fascinating podcast and article.

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Listen to a recent interview where Dr Scott Hollier talks with Media Access Australia’s Philip Jenkinson about what the PCWA course covers along with the benefits of studying it.

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