Digital Accessibility Maturity assessment

What is a Digital Accessibility Maturity assessment?

Access iQ is a Media Access Australia service. A Digital Accessibility Maturity (DAM) assessment is a way for organisations to gain an assessment of how far advanced their organisation is in addressing the legal and policy requirement to make digital media — websites, documents, applications, video and other content accessible to the broadest possible audience, including people with disabilities, ageing members of the community, those from non English-speaking backgrounds and those with varying levels of education. The report aids organisations in their efforts to embed accessibility principles into daily work practices to maximise consumer engagement and satisfaction, cost savings and efficiency gains.

Where does a Digital Accessibility Maturity assessment fit on the path to web accessibility compliance?

The use of a maturity model allows an organisation to have its methods and processes assessed according to management best practice, against a clear set of external benchmarks. The assessment process provides an understanding of how your organisation is tracking by the attainment of a particular "Maturity Level".

The report is structured around six key digital accessibility areas and one of five possible levels of maturity is applied to each of these areas, where Level One is the least mature, and Level Five is the most mature.

The detailed report examines the risk associated with these levels and puts forward key priority actions for these risks are recommended.

Why do I need a Digital Accessibility Maturity assessment?

A maturity level assessment from us will provide the following benefits:

  • A defined Maturity Level, with precise recommendations on how to improve.
  • An understanding of digital accessibility’s application to the whole organisation, not just the website.
  • Ability for the organisations to compare their Maturity Level with best practice standards.
  • A framework for prioritising actions for the improvement of digital accessibility.

Why is a Digital Accessibility Maturity assessment useful?

The Digital Accessibility Maturity assessment enables your organisation to identify where it is in its accessibility journey and pinpoint specific actions to move further toward full compliance with disability-related legislation and state and federal policy. It is also a useful tool in comparing yourself against your organisation’s peers.

With a fuller understanding of whether your organisation’s websites or mobile device apps are accessible you can confidently and effectively move to a state of accessibility compliance.

If you wish to create an organisational culture or behaviour which includes accessibility at the centre of everything it does, and puts in place checks and processes to ensure accessibility is embedded in the organisation, a Digital Accessibility Maturity report is essential.

Why should I use Access iQ?

Credibility and expertise: Access iQ is a service provided by Media Access Australia, Australia’s only independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving web accessibility for people with disabilities. As a member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Media Access Australia’s staff regularly present at national and global accessibility conferences, and the organisation has partnered with the University of South Australia for the country’s first university-accredited accessibility training course, the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA).

Tailored services: Media Access Australia’s Digital Accessibility Maturity report is tailored to your specific organisation. The service assesses accessibility pain points, barriers and obstacles related to your industry, customers, suppliers and staff and makes clear recommendations on accessibility issues discovered through the Digital Accessibility Maturity report process.

What next?

Call +61 2 9212 6242 or complete the enquiry form on our Contact page for more information and pricing.