MAA launches the Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016 09:29am

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 created a practical resource for organisational support: the Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide, which is free to download from the Media Access Australia website.

Front cover image of the Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide

This comprehensive 12-page booklet was written by Dr Scott Hollier, the Director of Digital Accessibility for Media Access Australia, and it's a new companion piece to the ground-breaking Service Providers Accessibility Guide that he authored last year.

Dr Hollier’s work focuses on making computers and internet-related technologies accessible to people with disabilities and he is recognised as a world expert on digital accessibility issues.

“A crucial area of importance for the guide is that it explores not only the traditionally implemented accessibility guidelines of WCAG 2.0 Level AA, but also looks at the increasing relevance of Level AAA requirements,” says Dr Hollier.

“This includes the need to ensure that a quick reference sheet is written to a lower secondary level which is referred to as simple English,” he explains, “as well as the need to define abbreviations and acronyms, so that everyone gets the meaning right.”

The new guide has been designed to deliver practical, step-by-step information in order to enable best-practice web and digital communication to be prepared and then delivered in an inclusive and effective way. It also explores the role of affordable consumer devices such as tablets and helpful apps.

You can download the Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide for free from the Media Access Australia website as either a PDF or Word document.

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