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 services to the 34% of Australians with print disability. We want to encourage more people with disabilities to participate in community radio, and to help radio stations prepare for new volunteers.
Continue reading “New resources to help community radio better include people with disability”
In my work with the CMTO I’ve been developing techniques to best assist learners in community radio who are using screen readers – ie. people who are blind or have a vision impairment. Screen readers convert written text into voice, so that a user who is blind can ‘read’ the text, from top to bottom (as long as that text is formatted to be accessible, more about that here). Using a screen reader to read back a pre-written script in real time can be a challenge for some screen reader users, but worth the effort to become confident on-air.
Continue reading “Reading radio scripts out loud with a screen reader”
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. Continue reading “MEDIA RELEASE: Radio 4EB’s Katharina Loesche wins the CBAA National Features and Documentary Series 2018 with doco about Achilles Brisbane”
“My feature is about Barbara and Jane, both vision impaired, who were lonely and like one of the main characters said “me and my guide dog where getting fatter and fatter”. With the help of a wonderful initiative here in Brisbane, they changed their life around – they started running.”
Continue reading “EVENT: The Runners Guide listening party, Brisbane”
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”
Sometimes screen readers used by vision-impaired people have trouble with digital documents. Continue reading “Vision Australia: making docs accessible with the DAT tool”
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”
“Studio Recorder is a powerful digital recording and editing software package geared to making recordings of the spoken word. It includes features not found in audio recording and editing programs primarily designed for music production. Such features include:
- Speed up playback with no pitch distortion
- Three levels of phrase detection
- Index tone generation and removal
- Instant open on large files
- Instant cut, copy, paste, and delete
- Intercom functionality
- Simple user interface
- Accessibility for blind and visually impaired users
- Multiple user marks and notes
- Remote control support
Studio Recorder was originally written for internal use at American Printing House for the Blind to serve as a tool for creating direct to digital audio recordings for the National Library Service (NLS). It contains many features that ease the task of recording, editing, and proofreading audio books. It also includes features that simplify the production of analog cassette tapes from the digital master, and it aids in the production of Digital Talking Books.”
You can download it here: http://tech.aph.org/sr_info.htm
The APH also recommend this (sadly, now archived since 2010) resource on accessibility for the studio.
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 accessible build is available on our Mac OS X downloads page. Screen reader support still needs further development on Linux.
See the Audacity Wiki here: http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Audacity_for_blind_users
There is also and Audacity For The Blind email list here: http://www.freelists.org/list/audacity4blind