After many years advocating for digital inclusion along with auditing and remediating web and digital content so that it is accessible to people with disability, Media Access Australia is widening our scope of work.
What’s it like to study one of the world’s best online web accessibility courses? Jessica Budd is a digital accessibility analyst with Media Access Australia and recently studied the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA) to further hone her skills. She shares her experience in taking the course and graduating with new-found knowledge.
The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility course (PCWA) is jointly run by the University of South Australia and Media Access Australia. It teaches students internationally acknowledged guidelines in best practice web and digital accessibility, along with imparting the skills to create, audit and implement online accessibility across websites, apps and digital communications, so that people with permanent and temporary disability are not excluded.
Some people believe that having an accessible website means that it’s ‘live’ and you can access it from a computer or mobile device. Others think about ramps, lifts, access maps and disabled toilets for the physical location that a website might be pointing visitors to. The truth is, being ‘accessible’ online is a whole lot more than that. And that ‘whole lot more’ is simply not clearly understood by the majority of people who build, code, design, write, or project manage websites.