The Web For All: Addressing Information Barriers

Sunday 2 April to Tuesday 4 April

The focus of W4A2017 will be ‘The Future of Accessible Work’

With expanding globalisation, work is becoming less of a local activity, with many now working on teams spread over great distances. Inclusive work environments have the potential to greatly improve the ability of people to obtain and maintain meaningful employment, despite disabilities or other impairments. Organisations and employers are also embracing the benefits of being more inclusive in their human resource management. More flexible working arrangements — such as telecommuting for remote employees, better access to remote work technologies, access to better data platforms, and employees using their own devices (BYOD) — are just a few of the possibilities that employers are exploring.

Creating an inclusive work environment could include developing new accessible technologies usable by people with and without disabilities; improving the way existing technologies are deployed; ensuring that staff embrace an inclusive culture in the workplace; and of course, understanding the needs of people with disabilities in the workforce. We can work towards implementing more functional Intranet and public-facing websites, and developing applications that are more inclusive and enable people with disabilities to participate more easily.

Visit the W4A2017 website for detailed information:


To contact W4A2017, email Vivienne Conway, General Chair on gc2017@w4a.info

W4A Program overview

SUNDAY 2 April

  • Keynote – Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner for Australia: “Working together: technology as the foundation for better employment outcomes for people with disability”.
  • Presentation of papers.
  • W4A Dinner at Kailis Trigg Island – transportation by bus and accessible taxi from the convention centre. William Loughborough After-Dinner address by Dr Scott Hollier, author, researcher and accessibility professional.

MONDAY 3 April

  • Keynote – David Masters, Corporate Affairs Manager at Microsoft Australia.
  • Presentation of papers.
  • Accessibility Hack – sponsored by BankWest and held at their premises which are a 5 minute walk from the Convention Centre.  http://www.w4a.info/2016/2017/hackathon/.
  • WWW Welcome Function – included in your W4A pass.


  • Keynote – Kevin Carey, Chair of the Royal National Institute of Blind people: “Employment in the digital age for people with Impairment”.
  • Poster competition throughout the day – view and vote in your breaks.
  • Presentation of papers.
  • Closing awards in the afternoon – includes awards for Accessibility Hack and Poster competition.

Registration Options


Registration prices:

Three days, Sunday 2 April to Tuesday 3 April

Full: $800;    Student: $490

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This is your W4A pass from Sunday 2 April to Tuesday 4 April inclusive. It includes the W4A dinner on Sunday 2 April, and gives you access to the Festival of the Web Welcome Function on Monday 3 April.

To attend other events in the Festival of the Web, you can choose one of the passes below.

When you register:

You will be first asked to create your personal profile. This enables us to keep track of your registration and provide you with assistance and new information as and when it may become available.

The FESTIVAL PASSPORT provides access to every day and every event in the Festival of the Web. If you select this Pass, you will be able to attend all days of W4A2017 and all other official events held during the Festival of the Web.

This Pass should be activated on Sunday 2 April, and will provide access to all three days of W4A2017 and events and activities planned for Wednesday 5 April and Thursday 6 April, including the WWW2017 Gala Dinner.

Major Sponsors

W4A2017 is supported by Captivoice and ATutorSpaces.
Sponsors include Google, IBM, Intuit and The Paciello Group. W4A sponsors fund a range of scholarships and awards during the conference, particularly to support students interested in online accessibility.

Supporting sponsors

We thank the following sponsors for their valuable support:

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Digital Accessibility Centre
WebKeyIT logo
Microsoft logo