New resources to help community radio better include people with disability

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.

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Reading radio scripts out loud with a screen reader

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.

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VIDEO: What works? Engaging people with a disability in community radio

Featuring 4RPH’s Steve Richardson & Paul Price. Facilitated by Kim Stewart, 4ZZZ. Includes some really great stories from other station reps who were there.

Since 2015 Kim Stewart has been running radio groups with people with a disability (PWD), in conjunction with an array of community groups including the Community Living Association, Nundah Activities Centre, West End Community House, ABC Brisbane and community radio 4ZZZ.

In 2017 she interviewed PWD from around Australia for her doctoral research to find out what worked for them: how did they get involved in community radio, what helped, what didn’t. Kim puts forward a model, based on those interviews, of how community radio might move forward to include more PWD on air and in our station communities.


What works? Engaging people with a disability in community radio

Researcher and 4ZZZ Station Advocate for People With A Disability, Kim Stewart and CEO of Vision Australia Radio, Conrad Browne will host and informative workshop session for CR stations on better including people with a disability at your station.

Kim has interviewed people with a disability and their supporters from around Australia to find out what works for them.

Session time:  2pm on November 10, 2017.

The workshop will be part of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia 2017 conference held on the Gold Coast.

NB.  Email for more info.

Studio Recorder – Editing suite for the vision impaired

“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:

The APH also recommend this (sadly, now archived since 2010) resource on accessibility for the studio.