Access iQ Newsletter [30 June 2016]

  • Author: Access iQ ®
  • Date: 30 Jun 2016

Breaking barriers to adopting simple English for cognitive disability

Dr Scott Hollier is the author of the Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide, a practical resource for organisational support. He believes that a key pillar for better communication is adopting and embracing simple English, and this was the topic he talked about at the 2016 Round Table on Print Disability conference, which you can listen to in a fascinating podcast.

Dr Hollier launched this practical guide and gave an address about it, at the recent 2016 Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities conference in Melbourne. The presentation, titled ‘Breaking Barriers: Adopting Simple English’, provided guidance on how best to address media-related accessibility issues for people with cognitive disabilities.

He explains how "there’s actually a need for content producers, and people throughout an organisation, to make sure that information is prepared in the way that effectively supports people with cognitive disabilities".

You can now download the Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide for free from the Media Access Australia website, as either an accessible PDF or Word doc.

Latest W3C column

With the Federal election just days away, it's timely to hear Dr Scott Hollier reviewing the accessibility of the major election party websites. He did it to highlight how people with disabilities should be able to consider all viewpoints and make an informed choice on the day regarding their vote in the election.

He discussed how inaccessible websites can affect the public's vote.  Within his column piece he scrutinised the major party websites and accessed their accessibility focusing on:

  • Broad accessibility issues that might affect the ability to find and read the policies
  • Video accessibility
  • Contacting the party

He identified the fundamental access issues that prevent inclusive for all.

Latest news and features

In case you missed it, MAA's Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility is open again for enrolments onto the course. The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility is Australia’s only university-accredited web accessibility certificate for web professionals. It teaches the essential principles and techniques for achieving accessibility compliance and enables teams to develop websites that work for more people.

Matthew Putland the Digital Accessibility Analyst for MAA shares the five most common issues that he comes across in his web auditing.   Matthew shares his experience and encourages web professionals working on an organisation’s web and digital communications to make accessibility a serious consideration right from the start.

It was announced this month that the Australian Web Award 2016 are looking for judges. The event is run to promote good standards, celebrate creativity, hard work and has in the past featured accessibility. If you would like to be a judge or you know a suitably qualified professional who would like to, for this year’s Australian Web Awards, Applications are now open.

Finally, this month we have seen new advancements in technology that will allow researchers to develop more accessible ICT apps with different cognitive disabilities in mind. Researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have developed a new tool in order to simulate user accessibility when designing accessible ICT-based applications for users with cognitive impairment.

Upcoming events

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