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Support for vulnerable staff and communities COVID-19 - a practical guide

Australia is facing a major challenge with the onset of COVID-19. As we go through this pandemic, it is important that we support each other. For our vulnerable communities, it is vital that we provide essential aid and ensure they are looked after.
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W3C WAI Publishes WCAG 2.2 First Public Working Draft

Dr Scott Hollier, CfID’s Senior Lecturer for the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility, shares his insights on the recently announced draft update to the WCAG standard. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published a first public working draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2.
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Navigating 2020

From the devastating bushfires to growing concerns around Coronavirus, the start of 2020 has raised fresh physical and mental health challenges for many Australians. These crises were also the backdrop for powerful emotions around Invasion Day along with moments of heartache in the LGBTQ+ and cyberbullying space. Navigating this new terrain, which many are calling a societal shift, can be turbulent. Yet it also opens the door to creating improved inclusion outcomes. Communities are speaking up more about their needs and evaluating identity issues and values. These voices are starting to have a powerful affect on broader community attitudes and leadership decisions.
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Communicating inclusively in emergencies

As challenges unfold, it’s particularly important to think about inclusive communication and providing information with consideration for people with different needs. Effective, accessible communication is critical and can help save lives. The following guide is a simple resource for people to communicate inclusively in times of emergency. With particular attention on broadcast and social media, we’ve focused on three key areas - hearing, language and vision.
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Diversity and inclusion is more than a pretty face

Is your brand genuinely on purpose? Diversity and inclusion (now known as D&I) has come a long way as a business imperative - with many global brand leaders now appointing heads of D&I and organising regular company-wide initiatives to address the topic. This focus is also shifting into marketing - with popular brands like Cadbury, Pepsi, Nike and Mattel announcing bold customer engagement strategies in this space. This certainly looks like progress. But, for the social and brand impact to truly land, it’s important the shift runs deeper than just a job title, an event or a brand campaign.
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Vale John Losco

It is with deep sadness that we wish to acknowledge the passing of Board Member John Losco. John Losco was the longest serving member of the board of directors. He joined the board of the Australia Caption Centre in 1994 and has been a dedicated director ever since. John was an active and engaged member of the board and helped steer the organisation though its transition to Media Access Australia and then Centre for Inclusive Design. He has been a strong advocate of people with disability. He thoughtfully challenged ideas and tactfully introduced new approaches. John will be dearly missed for his foresight and more importantly his humour, generosity and wisdom.
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How to Find Accessible Media & Web Browsers

In this blog post from our legacy website, Media Access Australia, we explore the ways to find digital content that is accessible - and provide tips on how to make your own. We also explore how to make web browsers more accessible. Please note, these posts both appeared prior to 2017.
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I'm Not A Robot

CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing Test to tell Computers and Humans apart and it’s a way to filter out bots and fraudulent automated activity from the behaviour of real people. It's an umbrella term describing several different techniques presented to the user to determine if they are human. A CAPTCHA challenge could be a random collection of letters and numbers, text obscured with background noise, puzzle challenges or audio challenges asking the user to enter the letters and numbers heard with a lot of background static noise. All of these are termed CAPTCHA as they're asking the user to demonstrate they're human and not an automated computer program.
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I am not a unicorn: stop hiring autistic people for the wrong reasons

Believe me, I want you to hire autistic people. As an autistic job seeker myself, I can tell you that it’s pretty tough out here. I’ve been searching for 2.5 years now with no success. The job market is a minefield of myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings for autistic people and our unemployment rate is abysmal. A recent study found that here in Australia, 31.6% of autistic people are unemployed — a rate that is 3 times that for people with disabilities in general and is almost 6 times the unemployment rate for people who do not have a disability. That said, hiring autistic people for all the wrong reasons is just as bad as not hiring us at all. I’d love to find a job, but the employment of autistic people has to be sustainable, meaningful and ethical. From my perspective as just one autistic voice — because I don’t speak for an entire community — here are three reasons that should not be driving your decision to hire autistic people.
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World-first report: Research reveals inclusive design can expand customer reach fourfold

Research commissioned by Centre for Inclusive Design, Adobe and Microsoft shows applying inclusive design adds financial, economic and social benefits for Australian organisations
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