Digital Transformation Agency: Make your digital content accessible to everyone

Digital content - websites, apps and software of the kind that many community radio stations might use to provide information to listeners and engage subscribers - is often not accessible to everyone. Every year the Digital Inclusion Index looks at the extent of digital access in the Australian population. https://digitalinclusionindex.org.au/the-index-report/report/ They comment that "digital inclusion …

Global Accessibility Awareness Day, May 21

Making your websites, documents and other written materials accessible, in addtion to installing ramps, is becoming increasingly a requirement of good practice in all sectors. The Australian Government Web Access Guidelines 2.0 compliance in 2018. Global Accessibility Awareness Day aims to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about online access and inclusion. Australian Network on …

All about radio reading at the Media Lab – CBAA conference 2019

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Want to develop a Radio Reading Program at your station? Join our hands-on MediaLab session - powered by the CMTO - at the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Conference in Melbourne next month. We're teaming up with the Community Media Training Organisation to help you diversify your audience, prepare your station for volunteers with disabilities, and start a radio …

New resources to help community radio better include people with disability

Covers of new guides: one entitled Access for All with a smiling woman in glasses on the cover. The second cover is called Volunteer Stories and shows two radio producers who are blind in the studio.

Community radio exists for everyone to have a voice. While there are some really great radio producers with disabilities in the community radio sector,  a real opportunity for voice still exists for many more! For this reason, the Ability Radio Project's Kim Stewart produced these guides with RPH Australia, the radio network providing Radio Reading …

From the makers of the DAT now comes the WAT for accessible web dev

Those canny developers at Vision Australia last year made my life easier with their Document Accessibility Toolbar for MS Word that you can find here: https://www.visionaustralia.org/services/digital-access/document-accessibility-toolbar/ Now web developers  can try out their Web Accessibility Toolbar for Internet Explorer here: https://www.visionaustralia.org/services/digital-access/resources/web-accessibility-toolbar-ie

“Diversity and inclusion” amongst a range of new one-day training courses from the CMTO

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Get some fresh training! The Community Media Training Organisation are offering a range of new short one-day training courses that can be adjusted to suit the accessibility needs of your volunteers. If you are a station manager or decision maker, now is the time to write your applications for training funding. Have a look at …

Train your volunteers to be “disability aware”

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The National Disability Co-ordination Officer program and ADCET offers free online training for workers and volunteers for "awareness of disability and the impact that societal attitudes and inherent stigma and discrimination have on the lives of people with disability" called Introduction to Disability Awareness. The course is FREE! They also provide a screen reader version for …

Checklist for accessible events

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Organising an event?  What do you need to know about making an event that welcomes everybody? The Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance (ADIA) offer a checklist to help you be sure you've covered all the bases regarding accessible infrastructure,  language, catering and tech. ADIA say, "Meetings and events are critical for presentation, consultation, sharing information, gaining …