This article was originally written by Dr Scott Hollier and published on his website.
Earlier in the week it was a great privilege to be the Information, Telecommunications, and Electronics Engineering (ITEE) College of Engineers Australia featured evening speaker.
My topic, titled Emerging technologies and digital access: building in or bolting on?focused on how there has been a significant improvement in the provision of assistive technologies being built into our everyday devices. As a result, people with disability have found it easier to engage with the web and apps. While the accessibility of web content can remain a challenge, current web and ISO standards are well placed to provide guidance on the issues. Yet as emerging technologies continue to change our way of doing things such as IoT, driverless cars and Virtual Reality, will the trend of including access continue or will the support of people with disability become more of an afterthought as new products emerge? My presentation explored the journey of digital access to date and highlighted the technologies and possible initiatives that are likely to shape the future of inclusivity.
Many thanks to Claudia for the invitation to present, the pizza afterwards and to everyone that took the time to come along. If you were unable to make it or would like to catch up on the presentation contents, the slides are now available for download.