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 in word before creating text in websites makes the job of accessible website design simpler. Accessibility checkers added to Word help you double-check it’s all ok. Continue reading “Need accessible documents? Check out MSWord templates”
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). Continue reading “What’s a Disability Action Plan and why does a radio station need one?”
Sometimes screen readers used by vision-impaired people have trouble with digital documents. Continue reading “Vision Australia: making docs accessible with the DAT tool”
Do you live within 5kms of 3CR radio in Melbourne?
The Community Radio Accessibility Project is asking for your votes because, “The station needs up-to-date handrails, doors, ramps, taps and other things so that existing volunteers, new recruits and our wonderful guests can access the station more easily and safely.” Continue reading “Help 3CR win an accessibility grant”
So you’ve made a kickass website for your radio show, podcast or station. It does everything you want it to do. But did you know that to some of your users your website could be invisible? To others, your website might be confusing and hard to navigate because of cognitive disability or low literacy? Continue reading “Argh! My website is invisible!”
In my work as an advocate for PWD in community radio, I have heard many times from vision impaired and blind producers the need for documentation to be compatible with screenreaders.
The Roundtable on Information Access for PWD provides some great resources and services for organisations seeking to make their websites and documentation accessible to a diverse range of people. Continue reading “Making documents accessible: printdisability.org”
Take a look at this lovely visualisation by Equal Reality of the diversity of their workforce:
You can do an analysis of your own organisation using their template at the bottom of the linked page.
Find out how diverse your organisation is!