History of web accessibility

Media

Presented at 3:30pm in Virtual D on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.

#38095

Speaker(s)

  • Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

AccessibilityOz Founder and CEO Gian Wild will discuss digital accessibility’s hard-won and progressive history, how it started, where it is now and where it’s headed.

Abstract

It's best to have a good look at where you've come from before moving forward. In this session, Gian Wild, shows us where we've been, what some of the stumbling blocks can be and how we can learn from them to ensure a bright future for the area of accessibility. Although the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, Version 1.0 was released in 1999, it wasn’t really taken seriously until Bruce Maguire made a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2000 about the Sydney Olympic Games website. The rest, as they say, is history. AccessibilityOz Founder and CEO Gian Wild will discuss digital accessibility’s hard-won and progressive history, how it started, where it is now and where it’s headed.

Keypoints

  1. Accessibility is an industry that is often strongly informed by the industry rather than policy
  2. Accessibility has come a long way but has a long way to go
  3. WCAG is not the only thing you need to think of when addressing web accessibility

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Legal, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Gian Wild

Gian works in the area of web accessibility: making sure web sites and mobile apps can be used by people with disabilities. She spent six years contributing to the international set of web accessibility guidelines used around the world and is also the CEO and Founder of AccessibilityOz. With offices in Australia and the United States, AccessibilityOz has been operating for five years. Its clients include the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Optus, Seek and Foxtel. A 2017 Australian of the Year award nominee, Gian splits her time between Australia the US. A regular speaker at conferences around the world, in 2015 she presented to the United Nations on the importance of web accessibility at the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.