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  • Accessibility

    The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with disabilities and promotes equal rights, equal opportunity and equal access for people with disabilities.

    There are accessibility standards for buildings, requiring things like wheelchair access. Similarly, there are accessibility standards for websites, which ensure that websites can be accessed by people with disabilities. The current standard is called the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines v2.0, or WCAG 2.0, and the Australian Government requires that we comply with it.

    When we talking about web accessibility for people with disabilities, we usually need to consider four types of disabilities: visual, auditory, motor and cognitive, as well as seizure disorders.

    People with visual disabilities including blindness, low vision and colour blindness

    How they use the web

    How we ensure accessibility

    More information: http://webaim.org/articles/visual/

    People with auditory disabilities

    How we ensure accessibility:

    If we give information by audio, we also provide that information as text. This could be a transcript of an audio recording or captions on a video.

    More information: http://webaim.org/articles/auditory/

    People with motor disabilities

    This can include conditions where movement is reduced or impaired, such as quadriplegia, arthritis and multiple sclerosis, and where there is involuntary movement or tremors, such as cerebral palsy and Parkinsons disease.

    How they use the web:

    How we ensure accessibility:

    More information: http://webaim.org/articles/motor/

    People with cognitive disabilities

    This includes disabilities which affect memory, problem solving, attention and comprehension. Some important examples in a university setting are dyslexia, which affects how written information is processed, and ADHD, which affects focus and attention.

    How we ensure accessibility:

    We make our content straightforward and consistent.

    More information: http://webaim.org/articles/cognitive/

    People with seizure disorders

    Some people have disorders where seizures, migraines, nausea or dizziness can be triggered by flashing, flickering and strobing content.

    How we ensure accessibility:

    Making your content accessible

    Most of the work is done for you in the UQ templates. For content editors, most accessibility requirements will be met by:

    Making your content accessible has many benefits:

    Making your content accessible is easier if you plan for it in advance. For example:

    A good guide to accessibility for content editors is available here: http://www.4syllables.com.au/resources/accessibility/

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