Designing for an Accessible Web: Workshops 2005

"The power of the Web is in its universality."
Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web

This page: Introduction; Dates; New; Presenters; Further Information


These full day workshops provide attendees with an introduction to accessibility issues in terms of Australian policy contexts and internationally recognised requirements, including the Online Council adoption of the World Wide Web Consortium's Content Accessibility Guidelines. The workshops also provide a thorough overview of accessibility issues and how to address them along with an in-depth review of the World Wide Web Consortium's Content Accessibility Guidelines and their implementation and a consideration of assessment tools and techniques.

These workshops are targeted at business managers, web-development team leaders and corporate communications professionals as well as content authors, web programmers and designers.

The issues confronting users with particular needs will also be explored, including people from rural Australia, people with disabilities and older people.

Participants will be able to see and hear how different sites appear to people using assistive technology, and relevant international guidelines will be distributed.

There will be an opportunity to discuss the particular concerns and challenges government and business has in achieving a high level of accessibility.

These full-day workshops on web accessibility are regularly conducted by the Accessible Information Solutions team from the National Information & Library Service (NILS). Our standard workshop has a cost of $475/person plus GST; some workshops may vary from this and discounts may be available for group bookings. We have a track record of training and consultancy in Australia for government, corporate and community organisations.

Accessibility Workshop Dates

Up to 25 people can be accommodated - larger groups can be accommodated in special circumstances.

  • Adelaide
    • September 2005 - Tuesday 6th
    • September 2005 - Wednesday 7th
  • Brisbane
    • Date in 2006 to be advised
  • Canberra
    • November 2005 - Monday 28th
    • November 2005 - Tuesday 29th
  • Hobart
    • Date in 2006 to be advised
  • Melbourne
    • October 2005 - Monday 10th
    • October 2005 - Tuesday 11th
  • Perth
    • Date in 2006 to be advised
  • Sydney
    • October 2005 - Wednesday 5th
    • October 2005 - Thursday 6th

Note also our new Writing for the Web Workshops being run in 2005:
These will shortly be run in Melbourne and Perth and repeated in other locations early in 2006

Other Seminars, Workshops and Conferences

Listed below you will find accessibility and web standards events that may also be of interest.

WEB Essentials 2005 - September 2005
Australia's Web Standards conference
OZCHI 2005 - November 2005
Australia's Computer-Human Interaction conference
OZeWAI 2005 - December 2005
Australia's Web Accessibility conference

Seminar Presentations

Occasionally we organise seminars by other people and are able to make the presentations available. These presentations are included below.

"Web Access for Disabled People" (January 2004)
Prof Helen Petrie presented a seminar in January 2004 on the recent 'General Formal Investigation' into accessibility of the Web for people with disabilities in Great Britain. The presentation is available along with the Final Report from the Disability Rights Commission.

Expressions of Interest

Please email [email protected] to register interest in a future workshop.

Workshops can also be run in-house - please email [email protected] for enquiries.

Accessibility Workshop Presenters

The workshop presenters are part of the Accessible Information Solutions team at NILS . The Accessible Information Solutions team works with many Commonwealth and State government departments and agencies, educational institutions, corporations and businesses to help them to improve the accessibility of their online services. The presenters have a wealth of practical experience in implementing web accessibility drawn from over 200 major consulting projects.

Andrew Arch is Manager Online Accessibility, National Information & Library Service.

Andrew manages the web accessibility consultancy team. He is also a member of the Education and Outreach Working Group of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative.

Andrew has a long background of experience with rural and regional Australia and has been working with the Web almost since its inception. He has designed and managed websites for government and private organisations and has special interests in web accessibility, information architecture and metadata.

Brian Hardy is National Manager Market Development, National Information & Library Service.

Brian has more than 15 years experience in government ageing and disability policy and programs and established Vision Australia's web accessibility service in early 1999.

NILS is a not-for-profit organisation supporting people with print disabilities to gain access to information. NILS is committed to ensuring that people with a disability have equitable access to the information they need to make independent decisions and live rich lives as full members of the Australian community.

Other Information

The Accessible Information Solutions team at NILS is able to offer a range of additional services, including in-house workshops and specific consultancy on accessibility. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

For further information, please contact

national information and library service  .   Vision Australia Foundation  .   Endorsed Government Supplier  .   World Wide Web Consortium .  

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Last updated: 12 September, 2005

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