A key player in the successful implementation of a digital accessibility strategy can be an ‘accessibility champion’ – someone who can lead accessibility initiatives, provide expert input into decisions, and design and develop processes that help an organisation embed accessibility into its practices and culture. This role can originate in web development, web design, content management or communications departments, but the key is that an accessibility champion should undertake foundation-level training in accessibility compliance.
The Federal Government has announced the creation of the Digital Transformation Office (DTO) and a new Digital Service Standard (DSS). Media Access Australia has put together an FAQ to help organisations and individuals better understand what the DTO and the DSS means for them.
Here at Media Access Australia we do a lot of work around auditing websites for conformance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. That may not sound exciting, but it’s important work for establishing exactly what areas of a website are responsible for stopping people with disabilities from accessing it.
In carrying out audits we’re often surprised at how basic some of the accessibility mistakes are—and that’s a good thing. That’s because for many websites improving accessible won’t be expensive, complex or time consuming.
In light of this, we’ve put together the three most common mistakes we find, which also have the bonus of being relatively easy to fix.