Free digital accessibility toolkit for NFPs to increase social inclusion

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Upon recognising the significance of Digital Inclusion, the South Australian Government has recently released a Digital Toolkit aiming at allowing NFP’s to measure and adapt to modern technological advancements for their clients.

Accessibility South Australia says, “The South Australian government believes digital things like websites and apps should be created with the whole community in mind – that’s why we created the Online Accessibility Toolkit.”

The goal of this toolkit is to increase the accessibility of Australian websites. The tooklit explains:

In 2015, there were 4.3 million (or about 1 in 5) Australians living with disability and 3.5 million Australians aged 65 years and over.

But good accessibility practices don’t just apply to people with disability or older Australians:

  • 28% of Australians live in regional and remote areas
  • 26% of people living in Australia are born overseas
  • 46% of Australian adults had low literacy skills

All users will have different needs at different times and in different circumstances, for example:

a person with vision impairment who requires a screen reader to navigate or contribute to a web page

older people with changing abilities due to ageing

users of mobile devices

people with “temporary disability” such as a broken arm or lost glasses

people using a slow internet connection

people using limited or expensive bandwidth or live in regional areas

people using older internet devices that may not be running the latest software versions

people whose first language isn’t English

people in a situational crisis – for example: needing emergency support

If you’d like to find out more about the toolkit and consider utilising it for your on online developments, click here

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