DisabilityCare: accessibility essential from the very beginning

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:45pm

As the National Disability Insurance Scheme, DisabilityCare, launches, service providers need to be aware of the technology needs of people with disability. At the DisabilityCare conference this week, Media Access Australia presented on the need for service providers to harness mainstream technology if they want to attract customers in the new era of individual choice.

Our Service Providers Accessibility Guide, commissioned by the NDIS Practical Design Fund, aims to break down the myth that people with disability always require expensive specialist equipment to access information.

The quick reference guide contains information on:

  • Popular, free and low-cost assistive technology for computers, tablets and smartphones
  • Delivering accessible websites and documents
  • The accessibility of social media platforms and how to use social media to communicate to a disabled audience

Project manager Dr Scott Hollier spoke about how many disability organisations and service providers have limited knowledge of how people with various disabilities use computers and the web. Of the NDIS Practical Design Fund recipients, only a third were found to have accessible websites at even a basic level.

Our Chief Executive, Alex Varley, attended the conference and said, “It was very clear from the feedback at the presentation sessions that service providers are looking for concrete practical information on how to best prepare for the new way of delivering disability services. 

“Our guide was very popular as it takes people step-by-step through the basic requirements.  We also had a lot of interest in our Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility, particularly from those organisations that undertake some of their web development internally.”

The Service Providers Accessibility Guide can be downloaded in accessible Word and PDF formats.

For further information visit the DisabilityCare Australia website.

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