On Thursday 26 May the Blick team attended a Deafblind Workshop. Run by Deafblind Australia, it was a great opportunity for us to better understand the deafblind community and their needs for accessibility and inclusion. Importantly for Blick, we got some great insights into user experience and some of the challenges deafblind people face when using the internet and websites. The event was attended by people that are part of the deafblind community, various not-for-profit organisations and businesses, including a Microsoft staff member who was there to gather some tips and insights for technology improvement.
The first presenter was Paola Avila, who gave a great presentation on the different forms of communication technology used by the deafblind community, and useful apps. It also included many personal anecdotes and experiences. The second presenter was Michelle Stevens, who brought out and demonstrated various forms of adaptive technology and software used by the deafblind community. Michelle talked about her history and had a great sense of humour. She demonstrated an especially impressive level of knowledge in the tech space.
While Blick has been building and creating accessible websites and communication materials that tick all of the boxes for WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) for a number of years now, having people with lived experience explain firsthand what best practice and a great user experience is for them was so valuable. Really impressive presentations and worth attending to extend our knowledge.
Blick is excited to let you know we will be working with Deafblind Australia to create their new website.