The Centre for Accessibility (CFA), an initiative created in partnership with DADAA, Media on Mars and myself, has successfully completed its series of four workshops in Perth and regional Western Australia as part of its ILC Linkage grant commitments.
The workshop series, titled ‘Escaping the Accessibility Island’, was created to help mainstream organisations move away from the ‘island’ model of accessibility whereby one individual is solely tasked with the responsibility of digital access, to a top-down approach whereby all organisational roles understand how to implement digital access in their work practices.
The four workshops ran from 31 August to20 September 2018 and included two in the Perth metropolitan area hosted by DADAA in Fremantle and two held in regional Western Australia. The two regional workshops included Geraldton to support the mid-west and Busselton to support the south-west. While the ILC grant funded three workshops, the popularity was so great that the CFA partners donated their time and space to provide an additional 30 places to one workshop and a fourth workshop was added to meet the high level of interest.
While the workshops were designed to provide practical, hands-on information for senior managers, content producers, ICT professionals and staff in marketing and communications roles, it was the personal insights and group discussions that many indicated helped to support their digital access needs.
While the grant associated with the workshops has now been completed, the WCAG 2.1 resource on the CFA website will continue to be supported and updated as a free guide to mainstream organisations wishing to incorporate accessibility into their work practices. As the CFA initiative moves forward, new ideas are currently being explored to determine what projects can best emphasise that accessibity is not just about compliance, but ultimately about people.
Many thanks to the WA government for funding the ILC Linkage grant that made the launch, resource and workshops possible. Special thanks also to the staff at Media On Mars and DADAA who worked so hard in the marketing and logistics, and thanks to everyone that has been involved in coming along to our launch and workshops. Personal thanks also to Lizzy in Geraldton for providing fantastic support in guiding me around.
Further information on the Centre for Accessibility initiative and the WCAG 2.1 resource can be found at the CFA website.