CEO of Media Access Australia, Alex Varley said, “Media Access Australia’s core business is about accessibility. We are out there talking to the community, to business and government about the need for accessible websites and our new site shows it can be achieved. Many people won’t see the accessibility features and that is the point. They are there for the people that need them and you don’t need to put a big label highlighting an accessibility feature, it is part and parcel of standard website design which includes everybody.”
The website is a key source of news on media access developments and practical information and resources on access to media, particularly for people who are blind, vision impaired, Deaf and hearing impaired. The website focuses on access to television, DVDs, digital technology, online media, cinema and the arts and access in the classroom.
In line with our mission, accessibility has been at the forefront of the new website’s design, development and testing. The site has been built to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 level ‘AA’ using Drupal content management system. In addition to its development by experienced developers of accessible websites, the site has undergone automatic as well as real world testing for accessibility.
Our brand research showed confusion over the ‘New media’ section. You will now find this content and much more in two new sections, ‘Digital technology’and ‘Online media’. Digital technology contains information on accessible mainstream devices and technologies that make your computer accessible, for example, software and assistive technology devices.
The Online Media section focuses on the internet itself, not on the devices that may be used to access it. Here you’ll find information on website accessibility and accessible media on the web, such as audio and video material (e.g. captioned videos on YouTube and movies on iTunes) and social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter).
The Education section of our new website has also seen a lot of new content added, including information and resources specifically for teachers for access and inclusion in the classroom.
Sign up to our new customisable news alert system for daily, weekly or monthly news alerts. You can choose which type of news items you would like to receive, whether relating to television, DVD, education, cinema and the arts, digital technology, online media or research and policy, or a combination of these. You can also choose whether you want to receive information relating to the blind and vision impaired or the Deaf and hearing impaired.
Please bear in mind that a lot of content has been transferred over from our old sites and some older content might not be 100% compliant. Over the coming months we will be adding more features and content to the site.
Our Your Local Cinema site remains unchanged, providing information on accessible cinema locations, session times and cinema news.
If you have any difficulty using the site, or would like to provide us with feedback please phone us on 02 9212 6242 or send us an email.
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