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Dr Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia’s Director of Digital Accessibility, launched an investigation into the accessibility of webinars and published his findings in his July 2016 WC3 column. He also talked candidly about his findings in an informative podcast.
Matthew Putland is a Digital Accessibility Analyst for Media Access Australia, based in Perth but working on projects all over the country. A lot of his work revolves around conducting accessibility audits on websites and digital media and he shares the five most common issues that he comes across in his web auditing.
Dr Scott Hollier is the author of a practical, step-by-step guide for organisational support focused on cognitive disability. He believes that a key pillar for better communication is adopting and embracing simple English, and this was the topic he talked about at the recent Round Table conference, which you can listen to in a fascinating podcast.
Cognitive disability can be a difficult condition to understand. This is particularly the case for organisations wanting to be able to find out how to better address the communication needs of their managers, staff and consumers with a cognitive disability, in a media context. That’s why Media Access Australia has created a practical resource for organisational support: the Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide, which is free to download from the Media Access Australia website.
As today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), we thought that we would encourage some involvement amongst web developers/ professionals so that you can gain a first-hand awareness of what it means to develop a web-space that is accessible. We have put together a few simple ways that you can experience accessibility first hand and see what parts of your websites you need to improve to become accessible.
  • Author: Michaela Slade
  • Date: 19 May 2016
You may have heard the anecdote of the frog being boiled alive. Apart from it sounding like a torturous way for a poor frog to die, the metaphor, however you take it, can also be used in business to reinforce that change needs to be gradual to be accepted.
  • Author: Natalie Collins
  • Date: 21 Apr 2016
Is the term ‘accessible template’ an oxymoron? I’ve been pondering this question over recent weeks while working on various documents for a range of clients and realising that, while the end result of using an accessible template is an accessible document, the usability of the template itself is often lacking.
  • Author: Allayne Woodford
  • Date: 12 Apr 2016
Poor keyboard accessibility of a website is one of the most damning and frustrating problems that faces people with disabilities and keyboard users alike. This article explains how applying a few accessibility principles can greatly increase usability for keyboard users to navigate around web content.
E-learning content is an effective way of skilling up large distributed teams and allows people to learn at a time and location convenient for them.
  • Author: Natalie Collins
  • Date: 24 Mar 2016
Do you want to be a truly brilliant content marketer? There could be one thing holding you back. Media Access Australia's Deputy CEO, Natalie Collins, has the silver bullet!
  • Author: Natalie Collins
  • Date: 27 Jan 2016
2015 in Review: We’ve put together the five resources you utilised the most on Access iQ this year.
  • Author: Chris Pycroft
  • Date: 18 Dec 2015
SharePoint may not be automatically set-up to have the best accessibility options available. We've put together a list of five features you can use to improve its accessibility.
Digital Accessibility Analyst Matthew Putland provides a summary of accessibility guidelines and how they can assist gaming developers in making video games accessible.
A question often asked is 'can I make accessible documents myself?' Accessibility Services Manager Allayne Woodford explores this further.
  • Author: Allayne Woodford
  • Date: 27 Nov 2015
Media Access Australia's Deputy CEO Natalie Collins explains why accessibility needs to be included at the start of any development or procurement.
  • Author: Natalie Collins
  • Date: 26 Nov 2015
What is the web accessibility lens, and how do you know what to look at when you cast your eye over it? Media Access Australia's Deputy CEO, Natalie Collins, sheds some light on the questions you need to ask.
  • Author: Natalie Collins
  • Date: 3 Nov 2015
There could be one thing preventing you from having a wonderfully content and media rich accessible website – your content supplier.
  • Author: Natalie Collins
  • Date: 23 Sep 2015
One of the great tools available to accessible content authors are colour contrast analysers. These tools measure foreground and background colour to produce a luminosity ratio and are often based on Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 techniques. But how accurate are they?
  • Author: Allayne Woodford
  • Date: 31 Aug 2015
It's not just about SEO, video accessibility is often a legal or policy requirement.
  • Author: Alex Varley
  • Date: 25 Aug 2015
The way text is spaced out within your content can impact on its accessibility.
  • Author: Allayne Woodford
  • Date: 6 Aug 2015

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