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Social change enterprise Be Accessible has launched a new initiative in the form of Be Employed, which hopes to tackle an ugly truth - more than 60 percent of New Zealanders with a disability are unemployed, about 10 times the national average.

The average Baby Boomer is the most profitable consumer in the market. They’ve got disposable income and they’re keen to spend it. They enjoy efficient service, polite staff, neatly laid out stores and like to choose from a wide range of top quality products. Now they have a new requirement to add to the mix: access. How easily can they navigate a business without physical impairments getting in the way?

Architecture

When architect firm MAD asked themselves, “is it possible to build high-density, economically viable housing which is also architecturally innovative?” ‘Fake Hills’ housing development was the answer.

Damian Conway is a PhD in computer science and, until recently, was honorary professor of computer science at Monash University. He’s a designer, a columnist and an author.

Russ Weakley has a 13 year pedigree in graphic design, web development, interface design and standards based development. He’s the author of Teach yourself CSS in TenMinutes and he works for the Australian museum. Two years ago he presented to Webstock suggesting that navigation be torn apart and be replaced by total reliance on tagging — today’s talk is a “so what happened?” review.

Derek is an international accessibility expert. Can we do things on the web that go beyond the ‘can we just meet the guidelines’ and make things truly more accessible for users?