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Accessible IT Procurement

Introduction to ICT accessibility


Many procurement officers may not have come across the concept of ICT or digital accessibility. This is an introduction to the concept with some introductory videos and short articles as further reading.

What is accessibility for ICT?

All too often, decisions made during the procurement of ICT products leads to many potential users being prevented from accessing them. We're talking about the 4.4 million Australians which the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has explicitly identified as having "any limitation, restriction or impairment which restricts everyday activities and has lasted, or is likely to last, for at least six months". Others who might be impacted, but not counted in the ABS statistics, include:

  • People with dyslexia – estimated as at least 10% of the population
  • People who are 'colour blind' – approximately 8% of the male population

We're also talking about people who have a temporary disability like a broken arm or an eye or ear infection, or a situational disability like using a laptop in the sunshine.

Introductory resources

There are some good short videos and web pages available that introduce the concept of ICT accessibility and why it's needed. The following collection is not exclusive but forms a good starting point for someone new to the topic.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

Intopia

Melbourne University

ADCET

Quick introduction to accessibility in procurement

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Please note: We view this as a living resource and welcome feedback. We are improving our website to ensure this content is fully accessible for all users. There is also a fully accessible version of the content available on the ADCET website. We welcome feedback about the content and its accessibility as part of our ongoing process for improvement — email: procurement@caudit.edu.au.

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