More about the Centre for Accessibility Australia
By Dr Scott Hollier, CEO of the Centre for Accessibility Australia
As the leader of a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to alleviating hardship caused by digital access issues, my team and I are often asked to audit websites, apps and documents based on their accessibility. While it’s always a privilege to support organisations in making their content better, I was particularly excited as a person with RP when Retina Australia asked our team to perform accessibility checks for their new website.
To explain more about how my organisation, Centre For Accessibility Australia operates, there are essentially three parts to the work we do: the first is a free help desk to help people overcome digital access challenges, the second is to advocate for the importance of digital access and the third is our paid services where we audit websites and apps to help organisations make their content more accessible.
The process of auditing a website is based on the latest version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) standard. This standard is supported by the Australian Human Rights Commission. For websites, apps and documents to be accessible to a variety of disabilities it must comply to the standard. From a vision perspective, this may include things like checking images have alternative text, good colour contrast, screen reader support on keyboard and touchscreen, and making sure that menus don’t disappear when you’re zoomed in with a screen magnifier.
With the audit for Retina Australia recently being completed, it’s been great to that all of the requirements of the standard have been addressed and we have been able to independently rate the new website as WCAG 2.1 AA compliant. The dedication of the development team and the pursuit of accessibility ensures that there’s a great accessible website at the end of the process.
If you’d like to learn more about digital access you can visit www.accessibility.org.au and if you’d like to learn more about me, you can find information on my book Outrunning the Night: a life journey of disability, determination and joy.