THE City of Cockburn has promised its first new website in 13 years will offer “digital accessibility for all”.
Developed under the guidance of expert Vivienne Conway, the City’s new $298,000 online portal was developed and audited to meet internationally recognised accessibility guidelines.
That compliance level, which was also worked into the City’s website for Cockburn ARC, means the site includes features making it accessible for people who are blind, people who use voice-activation technology and is mobile friendly.
“This is critical for the inclusion of people who have traditionally been marginalised in our digital society,” Mayor Logan Howlett said.
“Enabling more people to fulfil their information needs independently from these websites means those people who do need personal assistance won’t be faced with long waiting times.
“This improves the experience for all citizens in their dealings with the City.”
City of Cockburn business trainee Bianca Migliore, who has profound hearing loss, said the website was a big step in the right direction.
“From an accessibility point of view, it’s easier to navigate,” she said.
“The colours are great, the font makes it easier to read and the language is very simple to understand.”
The City plans to hold workshops to show off the website’s features.
It will also ask for feedback via its Comment on Cockburn page.