ALRC website gets AA for accessibility

We’re very happy to announce that the ALRC website has achieved Level Double A (AA) conformance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).

Web accessibility encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the web, including: visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive and neurological disabilities. WCAG 2.0 identifies techniques to create and manage web content in ways that are more accessible to people with disability — for example, through assistive technologies like screen readers. Websites that are more accessible are also generally more user-friendly to everyone.

In April this year we commissioned Vision Australia to perform an audit of the ALRC website to identify any accessibility issues. These have now been rectified, and Vision Australia has issued a Statement of Accessibility for the website. This places the ALRC well ahead of the schedule set by the Australian Government’s National Transition Strategy, setting a target for all government agencies to achieve Level AA conformance to WCAG 2.0 by December 2014.