Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Web of political access designed for all
South Australian Dignity Party MLC, Kelly Vincent, has proudly launched her party’s new website. It is the only political party website in Australia known to meet international W3C accessibility standards.
“It is a great thing to be launching a new website along with our new name: Dignity Party,” says Kelly Vincent.
“I am, however, disheartened to see that this new party website, along with my own updated website (kellyvincentmlc.com), is the only political website in Australia that meets international accessibility standards under the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
“Too many government websites are inaccessible to people who use screen readers to access them.
“Websites are frequently difficult to navigate, littered with broken links and without photo descriptions (necessary to assist blind users).
“Naturally, people with disabilities need to be able to access political and government information and with so much official information now only being provided in online format, it is essential that this be provided in accessible formats.
“It is hoped that we will see more acknowledgement of universal design principles in online platforms in 2017 rather than IT boffins ignorantly designing pretty sites that effectively lock out many users. It is imperative that we make information accessible to people with disabilities including auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech, and visual disabilities.
“In the lead up to the 2018 state election, I call on other parties and candidates to follow Dignity Party’s lead to ensure their websites are accessible to all,” said Ms Vincent.