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iVote to enable blind and vision impaired people to cast secret vote online


The NSW Electoral Commission will use an online and telephone system in the upcoming state election called iVote for people who are blind or vision impaired, are disabled and cannot vote at a polling place without assistance, or who will be out of NSW on polling day.

Passed in Parliament in November 2010, the iVote website has been designed to be accessible to people who are blind and vision impaired, allowing them to independently cast a secret vote. The accessibility features of the iVote website include ARIA landmarks, clearly labelled form elements, easy page navigation and meaningful links.

Voters are eligible to use iVote if:

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Media Access Australia attends world’s largest non-profit technology conference


Media Access Australia’s New Media Manager Sarah Pulis is tomorrow heading off to Washington DC for the Non-profit Technology Conference, after winning a scholarship for her commitment to access to technology and social media.

Pulis is one of three non-profit staff in Australia who won the Connecting Up Australia scholarship for the conference, which will take place from 17 to 19 March. The event promotes international communication with other non-profit organisations from around the world, and interaction with the latest in technological developments. 

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UK project Fix the Web hits 500 mark for website access reports


The ‘Fix the Web’ initiative led by Citizens Online in the UK has hit the 500 mark for number of websites reported for accessibility issues, after only launching in mid-November.

The volunteer-based project provides an easy way for people with disabilities to make complaints about inaccessible websites. Funded by Nominet Trust, Fix the Web has successfully addressed issues on 36 sites, with 60 website owners acknowledging access issues and a total of 83 owners informed.

Websites that have addressed accessibility issues on their sites after Fix the Web reports include the BBC, Facebook, Coventry Building Society and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

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Media Access Australia welcomes user testing for new website


Within the next couple of weeks we will officially launch our new website, showcasing the latest web technologies and meeting best practice international guidelines for website accessibility.

To ensure the highest possible standards are reached before the launch, we would like to invite anyone who is interested to give the website a test run and provide us with feedback. Your contribution will help all our website visitors, including people who are blind, vision impaired, Deaf, hearing impaired and with mobility impairments, to access the site.

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