Our accessible infographic provides insight into the landscape of web accessibility in Australia and highlights the growing need to cater for our rapidly ageing population.
Access iQ™ has created a resource on How to create an accessible infographic, which considers access barriers including:
- colour contrast
- use of colour
- providing a text alternative or using HTML/CSS so a screen reader can access the content
- how you can increase search engine optimisation (SEO)
The internet is increasingly becoming an indispensable element of everyday life. Director and founder of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Tim Berners-Lee once said: "The power of the web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect."
But can everyone access the web?
Australia has a population of 22,696,000 [ABS 2011] and 89.8 per cent of Australians are internet users [Internet World Stats 2011].
10,721,020 Australians use Facebook, the world's most powerful social media tool. That's 49.3 per cent of Australia's population [Internet World Stats 2011]. But Facebook has a number of accessibility issues which can create a barrier for the vision, hearing and mobility impaired.
Who will be affected by web accessibility?
Have you ever stopped to think what it would be like if you couldn't access the web?
452,500 Australians are vision impaired and 2,109,700 are completely or partially deaf [ABS 2009]. One in five Australians have a disability, many of whom have difficulty using the web due to poor design or coding.
In 2011, 98 per cent [CAST 2011] of websites failed to meet the W3C's international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).
The demand for accessibility solutions will only increase with Australia's ageing population. The number of Australians aged 65 and older is projected to exceed the number of children aged 0-14 by 2025 [ABS 2011].
By 2050, the number of Australians aged 65 – 84 will double and the number of people over 85 will quadruple [ABS 2009].
The prevalence rates of vision and hearing impairment are strongly age-related.
- 65 per cent of all people who are vision impaired are aged 50 and older [Australian Government Intergenerational Report 2010]
- Vision loss is projected to increase by 40 per cent in people over the age of 40 in the next nine years [World Health Organisation]
- Two out of three people over 70 have hearing loss [Listen Hear! The Economic Impact and Cost of Hearing Loss in Australia. Access Economics 2006]
- Less than one per cent of people under 15 have hearing loss [Listen Hear! The Economic Impact and Cost of Hearing Loss in Australia. Access Economics 2006]
One out of six Australians is currently affected by hearing loss [MVIP, BMES, AE-Dem].
With the ageing of the population and the rising noise levels in everyday life, one in four Australians will be affected by hearing loss by 2050. [MVIP, BMES, AE-Dem].
Access iQ™ will equip government and industry with the comprehensive content needed to ensure that everybody can access websites, applications and digital experiences.
An accessible web is a future-proof website.
Visit www.accessiq.org for web accessibility know how.
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Want to learn more about WCAG 2.0 and web accessibility?
The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility, a university-accredited online qualification jointly conducted by W3C member Media Access Australia and the University of South Australia, is a fully assessed six-week program that covers both accessibility principles and techniques. The course provides students will all the essentials needed to achieve compliance with international best practice in accessibility. Accessible documents, among many other aspects of WCAG are covered in Access iQ’s complete guides to web accessibility for content authors, web developers and web designers.