Double accessibility dose from the Doctor

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:00pm

Dr Scott Hollier will be giving two presentations at the upcoming Print Disability Conference in Melbourne at the Bayview on the Park from 14-17 May.

People sitting in the audience, attending a conference

His first presentation, with co-researcher Yuemei Lim from VisAbility, looks at insights gained from the research conducted for the Affordable Access project. Affordable Access is a soon-to-be released web resource that will provide consumer information on buying accessible and affordable mainstream devices. It was funded by an ACCAN grant.

‘Breaking barriers to adopting simple English’ is Dr Hollier’s second presentation and it looks at the needs of people with cognitive disability (including print disability). The presentation will review the current digital accessibility standards and support the adoption of approaches that assist people with cognitive disability, including the use of simple English.

The conference program is available on the Print Disability Conference website and includes a keynote address by Maryanne Diamond looking at the implications of the NDIS for people with a print disability. Media Access Australia recently updated its NDIS Service Providers Accessibility Guide which includes practical information on how to make digital communications accessible to people with a print disability.

A significant event this year is the renamed Tammy Axelsen lifetime achievement award for the person who has contributed to assisting people with a print disability over many years. The award honours Tammy Axelsen who was the mainstay behind the print disability conferences and who tragically died just after last year’s Print Disability Round Table.

Registrations for the conference are still open.

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