Scott Hollier

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Perth  Western Australia

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Media Access Australia
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Specialist Advisor, Digital Accessibility
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Scott Hollier is Specialist Advisor, Digital Accessibility, for Media Access Australia. He has a PhD on the digital divide and many years of experience, and represents the charity on the Advisory Committee of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
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Scott is an internationally-recognised accessibility specialist and holds a PhD (Internet Studies) titled 'The Disability Divide' and has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Computer Science. Scott is currently supporting Media Access Australia as a Specialist Advisor in Digital Accessibility and worked for six years as an Advisory Committee representative to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Scott's work also includes hosting a meetup group in his home city of Perth, regularly publishing a number of academic papers and presenting at conferences.

Scott co-created the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility course in partnership with Professor Denise Wood and has taught the course since its inception in 2011. In addition to Scott's professional accessibility work, he is also legally blind and as such has a professional and personal understanding of accessibility issues.

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It’s a ritual in my home that every Monday night my wife and I get our weekly news and current affairs fix on the ABC by watching Four Corners and then Media Watch. One of the things I really enjoy about Media Watch is that it looks at some of the misinformation that turns up in the media and its likely impact on how people understand important issues. So it was with some irony that a few weeks ago Media Watch had a segment about the failings of Media Watch itself when it came to the provision of closed captions on the ABC iview catch-up TV service.
While lots of people are passionate about the digital access cause, Shadi Abou-Zahra, the W3C Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist, is one of the hardest-working and dedicated people I’ve ever met in the field, and a great bloke too. It was my pleasure to welcome Shadi back to the column for an interview on the topic of accessibility and the Web of Things.
2017 is already well underway and looks set to be a very exciting year in web accessibility. With updates to WCAG 2.0 in the W3C WAI pipeline and the eagerly-anticipated W4A2017 conference coming to my home city of Perth in just a couple of months, this year has lots to look forward to and I’m looking forward to continuing the accessibility conversation as it goes along.
For me, 2016 has been a remarkable year and a year of great change both professionally and personally. Yet with great changes there are also great opportunities, and in my opinion the developments in accessibility throughout 2016 are reflective of some notable changes and the start of some great things to come.
If you’re a U.S. citizen reading this then you are stuck with the Trump wins result of the Presidential election vote on Tuesday 8 November. Yet it’s fair to say that most Australians are watching what happens in the aftermath of the U.S. election very closely, as it is likely to have major ramifications for international policy and trade, along with the provision of technology access to people with disabilities.