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Accessibility Is Setting Out to Shake Up the Digital World

We live in a time where most desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones now come standard with a wealth of accessibility features. This is significant for people with disabilities as, in most cases, they no longer need to purchase expensive assistive technologies in addition to their hardware.

Part of a Greater System

However, the hardware is just one cog in the machine of accessibility. As Dr Scott Hollier notes, “for a person with a disability to effectively engage in online content, two critical things need to happen:

  • People with disabilities need to learn how to use the accessibility features found in everyday devices, and;
  • Content published online needs to comply with international accessibility standards so that the assistive technologies work properly. This includes content such as websites, apps, documents and social media.”

As W3C puts the finishing touches on its new Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, Media on Mars continue to work closely with Scott, upskilling ourselves on what’s coming and maximising our ability to design and develop digital technologies that are accessible to people with disabilities. In fact, by the end of March 2018 all of our designers will have completed Scott’s workshop and be fully across designing with accessibility guidelines in mind!

More Information

Take a look at Scott’s Affordable Access resource, an ACCAN-funded project for Media Access Australia. The site provides information on the accessibility features of popular products such as smartphones and tablets.

If you’d like to know how you can make your website, app, e-learning resource or online course meet accessibility guidelines, send us a message — we’d love to have a chat!

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