Creating Word documents that can be read and understood by a diverse range of people, is just as vital as creating accessible, inclusive websites and online content. Imagine going to a recruitment website and downloading the Position Description as a Word document, or being sent it as an email attachment, only to find that you cannot access the document using your screen reader (if you are blind or vision-impaired) can’t listen to the linked podcast (if you are Deaf or hearing impaired), or simply can’t understand large sections of it because the document is full of industry jargon that is not explained.
Looking to upskill? The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA) online course offers graduates an internationally recognised qualification encompassing web, digital and apps accessibility. It also recently picked up an award from the respected Knowbility group in the USA as being a ‘Hero of Accessibility’ in the ‘Educational Achievement’ section of their 2017 Honours List.
Listen to a recent interview where Senior PCWA Course Lecturer and global accessibility expert, Dr Scott Hollier, talks with Media Access Australia’s Philip Jenkinson about what the PCWA course covers, along with the benefits of studying it, in a fascinating podcast.
You’re listening to a podcast from Media Access Australia. Inclusion through technology.
I’m speaking with Dr Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia’s Specials Advisor, Digital Accessibility, and senior lecturer of the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility, the PCWA. This university-accredited web and digital access course has been operating since 2011, and over 500 people have graduated with an internationally recognised qualification. What’s more, the PCWA was officially praised for educational achievement in the highly respected Knowbility 2017 Heroes of Accessibility Honours List. First up Scott, you must have been pretty chuffed on hearing the news?
Dr Scott Hollier:
It’s always great news to get acknowledgement for what has been a great journey with the course, and it’s particularly great for our alumni because what it really does demonstrate is that the course is of high quality and it’s really meeting the need for bringing accessibility into work practices. So we’re all delighted, it’s a real team effort to progress the course and work towards it, and while you’d never seek these things, it’s always really nice when you’re acknowledged for it.