Media Access Australia named internet award finalist

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Monday, 8 October 2012 15:31pm

Media Access Australia’s sociABILITY: social media for people with a disability project has been named a finalist in the Australia New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs).

The project, which was published in March, guides people with vision impairment, hearing impairment or restricted mobility into getting started on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Skype and blogging tools. In particular, sociABILITY guides users through overcoming access barriers when using assistive technology such as a screen reader.

As a finalist in the Internet Access and Digital Skills category of the ANZIAs, we have been recognised for our contribution to increasing social inclusion for people with disability online.

Media Access Australia CEO, Alex Varley said, “sociABILITY is the result of a very simple concern for people with a disability: is social media accessible and how do I get around any inaccessible features? The resulting guide provides clear, step-by-step answers to those questions. I hope us being nominated for the award encourages others to think about access for everybody.”

Other finalists in this category include Vision 2020 Australia and The Deaf Society of New South Wales. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 10 October in Canberra.

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