Dr Scott Hollier – Senior Lecturer and Accessibility Consultant
As someone who is legally blind, when Scott first attended university he had to get his text books read to him. He has since committed his professional life to improving access to the web for people with a disability.
His work focuses on the accessibility of computer and internet related technologies, having completed a PhD entitled ‘The Disability Divide: A Study into the Impact of Computing and Internet-related Technologies on People who are Blind or Vision Impaired’.
Scott is the author of Media Access Australia’s ‘sociABILITY: Social media for people with a disability‘ resource which is now used by the United States Government to help agencies improve the accessibility of social media.
He is also the author of Media Access Australia’s Service Providers Accessibility Guide, designed to provide National Disability Insurance Scheme service providers with practical guidelines on producing accessible communications for people with disabilities.
Scott is also the Specialist Adviser – Digital Accessibility for Media Access Australia and is a member of the Advisory Committee of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the organisation primarily responsible for developing international standards for the web.
Dr Ruchi Permvattana – Lecturer, University of South Australia
Dr Ruchi Permvattana is a published author in the field of accessible e-learning and has completed a PhD (Information Systems) titled “The VIVID Model: Accessible IT e-learning environments for the Vision Impaired”. Other qualifications include both undergraduate and Master degrees in Design, specialising in online interface design.
Dr Permvattana’s work experience includes several years of research for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Curtin University, focusing on resolving online education for vision impaired students, lecturing and subject coordinating for the School of Information Systems at Curtin University, and the creation and the design and development of accessible websites. Dr Permvattana’s primary career goal is to work towards improving the independence and employability of people with a range of disabilities.