Digital Gap Initiative goes to Australian Parliament

Taking our call for digital inclusion to government, business and the community

How to get a ticket: To register to attend, you will need to follow a four-step process. 1. Click the "get ticket" button on this page. 2. Enter #1 in the quantity of tickets field (each member of a group needs to get a separate ticket). 3. Enter login details to register to use Peatix (either enter your full name, email and a password or login with a social media account as shown). 3. Fill in your details to complete the process. 4. You will receive a confirmation email of your ticket.

Note to screen reader users: our screen reader users have reported issues completing the form to obtain tickets on PeaTix. DGI apologises and plans to contact PeaTix about the inaccessibility of its website. If you have any problems using this event website, please email us at info@digitalgap.org with your name, company or organisation, email, phone number and any access requirements to register to attend.

Please join us at Parliament House

Digital Gap Initiative are excited to announce that we have been invited to Parliament House in our nation's capital for World Usability Day on Thursday, 12 November 10.00AM to 11:30AM (please arrive between 9-9:30AM as last admission by Parliament Security will be at 9.30am).

This is a cross-party event: a huge opportunity to voice our message to politicians, business leaders and the wider community. There will be a panel discussion involving government and business innovators in the realm of digital accessibility (confirmed panellists - Media Access Australia, PwC, Coles, IBM, NAB, AccessHQ) followed by light refreshments and a chance to engage with us, share your views and ask us your questions.

This event is FREE but registration is essential, as tickets are limited! Register early to avoid disappointment. No tickets will be available after 8 November.

You are welcome to share this invitation with your colleagues and network but please ensure that all persons attending are registered individually, as we need to provide Parliament security with a full list of our guests.

We look forward to seeing you there! Don't worry about the Peatix app or printing off your ticket, just show up on the day and we will tick you off our guest list. For information about attending Parliament, click HERE.

Thank you to all of those people who have helped make this event possible! If you are supportive of the cause but cannot attend, consider making a donation HERE to enable us to continue advocating and educating.

Our message - digital accessibility in a world of innovation

The theme for WUD 2015 is "Innovation". Innovation is good and necessary. But when accessibility and usability are not factored-in at the design stage, chances are that a lot of people will be unable to use new products and services. This creates the "digital gap."

We support the growing view among web accessibility experts: "WCAG 2.0 is not enough" to guarantee access.

We need government and business to consider accessibility at the design stage and put in place procurement policies to ensure their products and services are accessible.

With this in mind, we believe Australia needs national, compliance-based standards to ensure the accessibility of digital technologies for the 1 in 5 Australians who experience disability, and others who have difficulties using technology. We need these standards ASAP.

About us

Digital Gap Initiative was founded in December 2014 to educate about, and advocate for, accessible digital technology. The organisation began when Gisele Mesnage, its Founder, learned the limits of self-advocacy, human rights complaints and court cases first-hand. She has initiated a movement that calls for systemic improvements to the accessibility of everyday technology - websites, touchscreens like touchscreen EFTPOS devices and mobile apps, digital thermostats in fridges and air-conditioners, to name a few. People experiencing disabilities want, and are entitled to, use these technologies and benefit from the services offered through them.

Digital Gap Initiative believes the first steps in the process is building awareness of accessibility at all levels of the supply chain (developers through to retailers) and promulgating national, compliance-based standards to ensure awareness translates into action.

Digital Gap Initiative was officially launched in Melbourne and Sydney earlier this year, at events generously sponsored by AccessHQ (where "HQ" stands for Human Quality). We were invited to Canberra by Senator Lee Rhiannon and assisted in arranging the event at Parliament by Senator Rachel Siewert.

You can read more on our website http://www.digitalgap.org, follow us on twitter @egap_project, friend us on facebook or connect on LinkedIn.

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Thu Nov 12, 2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM AEST
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