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Message from the Chair

Dear Members and Colleagues, 

 The strength and magnificence of the 2020 NAIDOC week poster deserves being noted and celebrated this week! We have Perth-dased artist and designer, Tyrown Waigana to thank for this uplifting piece of art. You can read more about him here. The theme for NAIDOC week this year is ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE. Indisputable. NAIDOC week was scheduled to run from 5-12 July, but in consideration of Covid, it will now run from 8-15 November.

You can download a digital copy of the 2020 National NAIDOC Poster by visiting the NAIDOC website. In coming months we are going to be able to apply for free printed copies of the Poster. WWDACT will keep you posted.
A fun message came from OZeWAI (Australian Web Adaptability Initiative) this week about using cooking analogies to explain the need for integrating accessibility at the beginning of a design process and for testing along the way. This is a methodology we advocate for in web design, and in every other design process for accessibility that I can think of. The humble Blueberry Muffin demonstrates very well that unless you put the blueberries in at the start of the cooking process you will end up with a muffin that doesn’t do the job. You can’t retrofit the blueberries! 

The analogy goes further – If you taste some of Blueberry batter before it goes in the oven you will know if you got the recipe mix right. What a good rationale for testing a design with the end-user while the process is still in train.
There is a whole menu of cooking analogies here.
Keep an eye out for neighbours and friends – with a zoom catch-up or a quick phone call, to keep our connections intact. We need to still remember social distancing and hand washing, and to minimise unnecessary journeys.
Stay  safe and Regards,
Sue salthouse