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 …

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 …

Vision Australia: making docs accessible with the DAT tool

Sometimes screen readers used by vision-impaired people have trouble with digital documents. Vision Australia's Access Consultants Pierre Frederiksen and Leona Zumbo have developed a Digital Accessibility Toolbar that you can add to Word to help realise the dream! "An innovation that revolutionises the ease and speed of creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word, the Document …

Making documents accessible: printdisability.org

Print Disability Roundtable Logo

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 …

Universal Design for Learning: making learning accessible to everyone

Cartoon Monkey says to line up of all kinds of animals including fish and elephant "for a fair selection everybody has to take the same exam. Please climb that tree"

Sometimes learning and teaching community radio can involve lots of text heavy reading materials (codes, rules and regulations, processes at the station).  For people with reading issues, who have a learning disability or are just out of practice, this can be hard work and presents a barrier to learning that can contribute to non-completion. Universal …