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Web Key IT aims to provide web accessibility solutions for our clients. The world of web accessibility, similar to the world of IT itself, is forever evolving and changing, and we pride ourselves at being at the forefront of the latest information and news. This page highlights some of these changes and the continual development of web accessibility.


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May 2020

Our latest newsletter is about: Assistive Technologies for the Workplace

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White Paper Release for GAAD

21st of May, 2020

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day! To honour this event today, we have released our white paper, “Digital Accessibility: Perceptions, Expectations and Reality” which is available free of charge from this page. This paper is the result of research conducted last year with both organisations and individuals in Australia and internationally.  Organisations were surveyed to ask their perceptions of the importance of digital accessibility and the accessibility standards of their websites and other digital material.  Individuals, both with and without disability, were asked about their chief issues with websites, applications etc., and what they felt of the current state of digital accessibility.  The results of these surveys were then compiled and Web Key IT has produced this white paper showing the reality both in Australia and internationally.  The research is unique in that it surveyed both groups at the same point of time, producing some very interesting results. We would like to thank all who participated in the research and invite everyone to download the paper free of charge. We look forward to hearing your feedback!


Online Training Course

13th of May, 2020

Web Key IT is offering a one-week online training course in Digital Accessibility.  The course features interactive live lectures by digital accessibility experts and includes additional short assignments leading to the awarding of a Certificate of Completion. Find out more here!


Flinstones or Jetsons?

27th of April, 2020

Vivienne Conway's Keynote from the W4A Conference for 2020 "A return to community: Flintstones or Jetsons?" is now available online on the ACM Digital Library website, available here.


Keynote Speaker Web4All 2020 Announcement

24th March, 2020

We are very proud to announce that our own Director, Dr. Vivienne Conway, will be one of the Keynote speakers at this year's W4A 2020 Conference. Her topic is "A Return to Community: Flintstones or Jetsons?" which you can read more about here.

Registration for the Web4All conference is available at WebConference 2020. Please note, choose the 1-for-5 online registration, as this gives you access to Web4All and ALL presentations at The Web Conference 2020, Taipei from April 20-24.


ECU 2019 Web Key IT Web Accessibility Prize

10th March 2020

Congratulations to Woongyeol Choi, who won our Web Accessibility Prize at the ECU School of Science Prize Giving Ceremony on March 6th at Joondalup Resort. We are so proud to have sponsored this prize again this year, and to present it to such a worthy candidate. Well done Woongyeol!

Amanda Mace presenting the award to Woongyeol Choi at the ECU School of Science Prize Giving Ceremony

Amanda Mace presenting the award to Woongyeol Choi at the ECU School of Science Prize Giving Ceremony


Special Visitor: Karen Myers

16th February, 2020

On Friday morning at Empired offices in Perth’s CBD, Karen Myers from the W3C gave a great talk about the wide breadth of work W3C is currently doing. The event was sponsored by Web Key IT, Empired and the W3C.

From left to right: Graeme Hill – Practice Lead Digital WA, Empired Ltd, Damian Fischer – Business Development Manager APAC - Ashurst, Damien Herbert – Practice Lead Digital WA, Empired Ltd, Shaun Choo – Digital Advisor – Lenox Hill, Amanda Mace – Operations Manager – Web Key IT, Karen Myers – Business Development Leader Americas and Australasia, W3C, Michael Carter – Manager International Trade and Investment Centre, WA Chamber of Commerce, Eugene Lim – President, Singapore Chamber of Commerce (WA)

From left to right: Graeme Hill – Practice Lead Digital WA, Empired Ltd, Damian Fischer – Business Development Manager APAC - Ashurst, Damien Herbert – Practice Lead Digital WA, Empired Ltd, Shaun Choo – Digital Advisor – Lenox Hill, Amanda Mace – Operations Manager – Web Key IT, Karen Myers – Business Development Leader Americas and Australasia, W3C, Michael Carter – Manager International Trade and Investment Centre, WA Chamber of Commerce, Eugene Lim – President, Singapore Chamber of Commerce (WA)


EPUB and Digital Publishing Survey

15th February, 2020

The Publishing Business Group and the EPUB 3 Community Group within the Publishing@W3C activity have put together an EPUB and Digital Publishing Survey to gather information about the current use and future needs for the EPUB standard and other publishing interests to help guide our work. We are reaching out to you to ask that you participate by answering our EPUB and Digital Publishing Survey and that you share the survey with your colleagues and anyone you can think of who may have input. You can access the survey here.


City of Cockburn WALGA Article

15th of February, 2020

This week, we made WALGA's Western Councillor Newsletter on how we've assisted the City of Corkburn with achieving WCAG 2.1 Accreditation. You can read all about it on page 9 of this link: Western Councillor Issue 105.


Working with W3C on “Introduction to Web Accessibility” Online Course

13th of January, 2020

We are currently working with W3C developing the new “Introduction to Web Accessibility” free online course. This is in cooperation with UNESCO IITE, and she will be teaching the Business Case and Benefits (Module 3 of 5).

Enrolment is now open to access course information. This link, connects to the syllabus and information about other modules:  Introduction to Web Accessibility Enrolment. You can read more about the course at Press Release on Introduction to Web Accessibility Course.  The free online course is now open for enrolment which will commence 28 January, 2020. 

Read all about the development of this course and view photos from behind the scenes of filming here!


Human Rights Commission Discussion Paper

3rd January, 2020

The Australian Human Rights Commission has now released their Discussion Paper on Human Rights and Technology, to which Web Key IT was a responder. They are welcoming comments and input if you'd like to get involved in a worthy project. A noteworthy finding was a need for more accessible technology for people with disabilities, which is very encouraging! View the paper here.


For news items prior to 2020, please see the News Archive page.