The Centre For Accessibility (CFA), an initiative created in partnership with DADAA, Media On Mars and myself, launched on 6 June 2018 at a community event hosted by DADAA in Fremantle.
The breakfast event was well attended with 140 people coming along to join in the launch celebrations. Hosted by DADAA CEO David Doyle, the event initially featured a reflective and entertaining Welcome to Country by Oldman Walley followed by a video highlighting how accessibility issues affect people with disability. One particularly great line was ‘if you want my cash, make it accessible’.
The importance of digital access continued as the Centre was launched by the Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment and Disability Services. The Minister spoke warmly about the need for accessibility, how mainstream organisations can improve independence by making content accessible and acknowledged the grant funding that led to the creation of the Centre.
The proceedings continued with guest speaker Helen Errington who spoke both passionately and frankly about the challenges people with disability can face in their pursuit of access. This included the importance of mainstream organisations needing to fix access issues so that everyone regardless of disability can participate in society and complete everyday tasks.
My presentation was the final part of formal proceedings, launching the official CFA resource which I developed. that features information on how people with disability access information, how content can be made accessible across different roles, guidance on the WCAG 2.0 and 2.1 standards and how existing content on websites and documents can be checked for accessibility issues.
With the Centre formally open, attention now turns to the delivery of three workshops across Western Australia to support mainstream organisations to incorporate accessibity into work practices.
The CFA has been funded in part by an ILC Linkage grant and its purpose of the CFA is to create an industry and not-for-profit collaboration that will work to promote digital access. Further information can be found at the Centre For Accessibility website.