ACCAN funds Media Access Australia’s social media accessibility project

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Thursday, 16 June 2011 14:54pm

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) today announced that Media Access Australia’s social media accessibility project will be among six to receive funding under the ACCAN Grants Scheme for 2011.

The Media Access Australia project will provide practical resources for people with disabilities on how to overcome accessibility issues with social media and effectively use social media for a variety of purposes.

Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley said, "This project is much needed. Everybody wants to engage in social media and this is especially important for people with disabilities, some of whom are restricted in social opportunities."

"What people with disabilities have told us they need is a practical guide to which social media platforms are accessible or even just worth trying. Our project will deliver that, as well as a series of useful guides and resources which we will keep up-to-date as social media and the technology changes."

ACCAN is the peak body that represents Australian consumers on communications issues, working towards the availability, accessibility and affordability of communications. Since 2009, the Grants Scheme has provided $250,000 of funding per year to projects that are aligned to this vision.

Read our social media accessibility review and listen to our podcast on common social media access barriers.

View the media release of the funding on the ACCAN website.

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