Accessibility & the Disability Discrimination Act

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The majority of complaints to the Human Rights Commission involve disability.  What do you need to do to be accessible? All new buildings in Australia are expected to provide accessibility to people with disability and mobility issues.  While retrofitting older buildings in necessary to comply with the DDA, there is a "hardship" clause that means …

Script sheets to help people on the Autism spectrum or with cognitive difference learn radio tasks

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These resources are to help train new volunteers who may have communication or social skills challenges, such as people on the Autism spectrum or with cognitive differences. The checklist will help you ascertain (if need be with help of a support worker, parent or someone who knows the person well) the level of a persons …

4 Triple Zed appoints Station Advocate for PWD

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4ZZZ is founded on the principles of diversity in music, programming, cooperation and inclusion of the diverse communities they engage with. They have been a voice for Brisbane’s marginalised communities and local music for over 40 years. In keeping with this long tradition, 4ZZZ are working towards including more people with a disability at the station. …

WATCH: CBAA panel talk about including more people with disabilities in community radio

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Community radio was founded on principles of social inclusion. However, despite 1 in 5 Australians having a disability (ABS 2008), there are still few programs for or by people with disabilities on generalist stations. What does it take to make community radio work for people with a disability? How can we better support people who …

Your favourite free audio editor has accessibility

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Audacity has built in accessibility features to assist vision-impaired radio producers. A very important feature of Audacity is the ability to fully manipulate the selection using the keyboard. Screen reader access works very well on Windows. Mac OS X screen reader support now requires considerable adjustment following a transition to wxWidgets 3, but a 2.1.1 …

ACMA: Digital radio offers accessibility for PWD

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority released a 2010 report into the possibilities of digital radio in providing important services to PWD. Some of the developments included: captioned radio for the deaf accessible design developments digital radio for the blind or vision impaired emergency warnings notifications for people with sensory impariments delivered via digital radio …