For organisations providing information and services online, understanding standard-based web design is critical for ensuring access for people of all abilities. Enjoying the full potential of the web is often only possible with standard-based design used in combination with assistive technologies which provide alternative ways to perceive visual and audio content, as well as enable people to interact online even in simple ways such as clicking or typing.
Natalie Collins, Deputy CEO of Media Access Australia, shares some digital accessibility discoveries and suggests all Victorian local governments complete a Digital Accessibility Maturity Assessment.
Accessibility of websites is growing in need and demand as organisations recognise that accessibility opens up new markets, ensures compliance with disability discrimination regulations and policies, and provides a better user experience. There is always a role for consultants and outside assistance in making websites accessible, but gaining some practical knowledge gives you a distinctive advantage in managing accessibility issues and ensuring you get value for money from your suppliers.