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Accessible ICT for People with Disability in Australia. Keith Besgrove First Assistant Secretary Digital Economy Services Division. www.dbcde.gov.au. Disability Reform Agenda. Australia’s ambitious reform agenda underpinned by: ten year National Disability Strategy

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Accessible ict for people with disability in australia

Accessible ICT for People with Disability in Australia

Keith Besgrove

First Assistant Secretary

Digital Economy Services Division

www.dbcde.gov.au


Disability reform agenda
Disability Reform Agenda

  • Australia’s ambitious reform agenda underpinned by:

    • ten year National Disability Strategy

    • rollout of National Broadband Network - the biggest infrastructure project in Australia’s history

An inclusive Australian Society that

enables people with a disability to fulfil

their potential as equal citizens.


National disability strategy
National Disability Strategy

  • A whole-of-government, whole-of life approach to disability policy

  • Ten­ year, national plan across all levels of government

  • Six key priority areas, including the development of inclusive and accessible communities

    People with a disability have equal access to the information they need to make informed choices about all aspects of their lives and equal opportunities to access all means of communication.


Australian statistics
Australian Statistics

  • 1 in 5 Australians have a disability (3.95 million people)

  • 86% of people with a disability reported a core limitation – i.e. mobility or communication, or restricted in schooling or employment.

    Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics


National broadband network nbn objective
National Broadband Network (NBN) Objective

  • Every home and business to be connected with high speed, affordable broadband

  • At least 90% of premises to be connected with fibre to the home (capable of delivering 100Mbps)

  • Other premises to have access to next generation wireless and satellite (at least 12Mbps)


Broadband challenges
Broadband Challenges

Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2006

  • Australia’s landmass:

    • nearly 4 times the area of Mexico

    • 9% inhabited

    • less than 3 people per square kilometre


Website accessibility
Website accessibility

  • All levels of government will transition to WCAG 2.0 standard for accessibility:

    • WCAG 2.0 level Single (A) by 2012

    • WCAG 2.0 level Double (AA) by 2014

    • Compliance checked by end Q1 2015


Access to electronic m edia and digital t elevision
Access to electronic media and digital television

  • Access to electronic media for the vision and hearing impaired

    • Media Access Review Discussion Report released November 2009

  • Digital Switchover Household Assistance Scheme

    • Program to assist people to make the switch to digital television


Access to telecommunications and emergency services
Access to telecommunications and emergency services

  • April 2010 Government announced:

    • National Relay Service review

      • to consider future improvements

    • SMS access to emergency call service

      • intention to establish service for people with hearing or speech impairment

    • Universal Service Obligation review

      • to address broader access issues facing disadvantaged Australians



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