Is your station accessible? Some excellent checklists to find out

row of cartoon people with various abilities

As I am fond of saying, "you don't know what you don't know".  Thankfully when it comes to accessibility of our station buildings, documents and communications, others have done the work for us with these easy to use checklists: AusCamps Association have made this fantastic resource for assessing access that includes background info on legislative …

MEDIA RELEASE: Radio 4EB’s Katharina Loesche wins the CBAA National Features and Documentary Series 2018 with doco about Achilles Brisbane

CBAA press release: Radio 4EB, Brisbane’s Katharina Loesche has taken home the 2018 CBAA Community Radio Award in the National Features and Documentary Seriescategory for her radio documentary ‘The Runners’ Guide’. In ‘The Runners’ Guide’, Katharina followed a running group of vision-impaired joggers, finding solutions to get exercise in the Brisbane area. It was produced as part of the 2018 National Features and …

EVENT: Fostering your station’s accessibility @ #CBAAconf2018

Find out what you can do to make your station more accessible, and engage a largely untapped font of new and enthusiastic volunteers! Sat November 10, 2018 at the 2018 Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Conference, Gold Coast Convention Centre. This workshop, presented by Kim Stewart (4ZZZ and CMTO) and Emma Couch (CMTO), Sancha Donald …

Teaching yourself accessibility

A11y means Accessibility

If you want to create accessible documents, websites or digital newsletters for your community radio station, you might benefit from checking out these online courses.  Accessibility means making sure your content is available to as many people as possible, increasing audience, participation and social justice. Become an #A11y today! Some free online courses: Udacity have a …

Need accessible documents? Check out MSWord templates

Picture of Sampler cover: Man with guide dog crossing road

In recent weeks I've been exploring the wonderful (and hitherto mostly unknown to me) world of accessible word documents. In MS Word, using document styles, headings and alternative descriptions (alt-tags) on images makes your document more readable for those using screenreaders, as well as more consistently formatted for everyone else. In addition, formatting for accessibility …

What’s a Disability Action Plan and why does a radio station need one?

Types of accessibility issues include vision hearing motor skills and cognitive

Many Australian organisations and business, as diverse as AFL Australia, Government departments, and Lifeline are developing or implementing Disability Action Plans (DAP)  also known as an Accessibility Action Plan (AAP). Those organisations realise they need to change what they do to be more fair, and to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (1992).  Your radio …

Quiz: how accessible and inclusive is your org?

The Access and Inclusion Index provides a snapshot of your organisations progress on accessibility.  Created by the Australian Network on Disability,  the index can help you identify key areas you can improve upon and offers free (and paid) help doing that through their resources and services. "The Access and Inclusion Index gives organisations insights into …