The Centre For Accessibility, a joint initiative by DADAA, Media On Mars and myself, launched last week with a free online resource designed to support mainstream organisations with their digital access needs. To ensure the resource remains current and effective, the content has been updated to support both the WCAG 2.0 and WCAG 2.1 standards to the Level AA conformance target.
The resource has been created based on the following categories:
- Why does my organisation need digital access? This section provides an overview as to what digital access is and highlights its importance.
- How will people with a disability engage with my content? This section provides an overview as to the types of Assistive Technologies (AT) that people with disability will use to access content, including a practical exercise on the use of a screen reader.
- How does digital access apply to my role? This section explains how digital access applies to different organisational roles such as Senior Managers, Content Producers, ICT Professionals and Marketing and Communications staff.
- What is the WCAG Standard? This section focuses on explaining the role of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), the definitive world standard for making content accessible.
- How do I achieve the WCAG Standard? This section provides techniques and time management guidance on how both WCAG 2.0 and WCAG 2.1 can be achieved to the Level AA conformance target.
- How do I check if my work is accessible? This section provides guidance on how mainstream organisations can assess their own web content with links to free automated tools.
The resource was funded in part by an ILC Linkage grant. Further information on the initiative can be found at the Centre For Accessibility website.