Media Access Australia contributes to the NDIS

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Friday, 7 December 2012 11:45am

Media Access Australia will be creating a Providers Accessibility Guide as part of a suite of projects announced by the Australian Government this week which fall under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Made possible by funding from the NDIS’s Practical Design Fund, the guide will be a practical, step-by-step resource to help agencies and service providers deliver accessible information to meet the needs of their clients and employees.

The main focus of the guide is to show organisations how they can adjust and adapt their existing office systems, programs and equipment so that they are accessible for people with disabilities.  The focus is on mainstream technology and helping to break down the myth that most people with a disability require specialist equipment to access information. 

The guide will also look at practical accessibility of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, so that organisations can understand the reach and limitations of these when dealing with different disabilities. 

“The motivation for the guide was that the rollout of the NDIS means that there will be new providers who have little experience of dealing with people with disabilities and they will need to rapidly adapt their workplaces and systems to meet these accessibility needs,” said Alex Varley, Media Access Australia’s CEO. 

The guide will be developed by accessibility expert and Media Access Australia project manager Dr Scott Hollier. The final version is expected in March 2013 and will be published in print and online. 

Media Access Australia has extensive experience in providing hands-on, practical advice and resources for accessibility, including our kit for the Council Of the Ageing Western Australia and the widely-popular sociABILITY: Social media for people with disabilityproject.

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