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Accessibility Policy

Introduction

The University of Canberra (UC) is dedicated to providing appropriate and reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities as set out in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and subsequent Disability Standards in Education 2005. This is primarily managed by Inclusion & Welfare.  This dedication includes the consideration and implementation of best-practice principles pertaining to accessible content on UC web sites, such that no one is disadvantaged or excluded from obtaining the information they need.

When designing, building, exposing and updating content on a web site consideration must be given to those who may experience a 'barrier' to accessing that content. These may include:

  • People with disabilities
  • Older people and new users
  • People with low internet bandwidth and slow download speed
  • People using outdated/unsophisticated technology to access the internet

People with disabilities may use assistive technologies to access the web. They include:

  • Screen readers: software that reads the text aloud using a voice synthesizer
  • Screen Magnifiers: enlarge text on the screen to enable people with limited vision to read online
  • Voice recognition: allows the user to navigate web pages and other software applications using their voice
  • Braille displays: allows blind computer users to be able to 'read' text
  • Text-to-speech software: allows text to be read to visually impaired or blind people

Compliance

The UC website complies with WCAG 1.0, and in many instances WCAG 2.0 Level A (World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Conformance Requirements).

UC is taking active steps to achieve WCAG 2.0 Level AA by 31 December 2014 on both its public internet and internal intranet web sites by:

  • commissioning a 'UC website redesign' project that engages web experts to meet accessibility requirement;
  • redeveloping its online internet and intranet web sites through responsive design to enable information access via desktop and hand-held devices (laptop/notebook and tablet computers and smart phones);
  • auditing and re-writing existing web content such that conformance to accessibility requirements are met;
  • educating its content authors and publishers on the need for compliance and techniques for achieving accessibility conformance through training programs;
  • implementing content management tools in its distributed authoring environment to identify and correct accessibility issues prior to publishing;
  • developing and distributing Accessibility Guidelines and 'How to' fact sheets to content authors and publishers; and
  • reinforcing the need to maintain accessibility compliance through continuing education and broadcasting channels.

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