Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion.

Every user deserves a first-rate digital experience on the web. Someone with a disability must be able to experience web-based services, content and other digital products with the same successful outcome as those without disabilities.

Web accessibility also improves the overall experience for all users. For example, people using smart phone or tablets; people with slow or limited internet access; people with temporary disabilities or situational limitations; and people with changing abilities due to ageing.

By law, UOW is required to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) standard developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for all web-based services and applications.

Common digital barriers
  • Information that requires vision to access such as diagrams or text baked into images.
  • Information that requires hearing or audio to access such as videos with voices and sounds without captions or transcriptions.
  • Poor colour contrast between foreground and background.
  • Complex page navigation and layout.
  • Moving, blinking, flickering content with no option to turn on or off.
  • Long load times of content often caused by un-optimised images.
  • Tables used for content layout rather than tabular data.
  • Non-HTML documents, such as PDF, DOC, XLS.
  • Complex forms.
  • Text, images, and page layouts that don’t resize appropriately for mobile and tablets.

Inclusive design, development and content removes these barriers and improves the digital experience for all users.

Accessibility information and resources

For more information about web accessibility please contact the IMTS Web & Digital Service Team via the IMTS Service Desk.