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Universal design for organisations – digital accessibility video – MAA

Through an alliance with Australian Network on Disability (AND), Media Access Australia (MAA) contributed and helped organise the digital accessibility stream of AND’s annual conference, which was held in Sydney on 17 May 2016.

Presentation video

https://youtu.be/kCaRJCAxrNY

Presentation video transcriptRather than hear from Media Access Australia about our services and approach to managing digital accessibility with AND members, we believed that the best engagement for the audience would be achieved by hearing directly from another member.

Natalie Collins, Deputy CEO at MAA was the session facilitator and shared the stage with Sarah Abbott, the Senior Manager, Group Diversity and Inclusion, at Commonwealth Bank.

Sarah outlined the strategies and approaches that they took to gain cut-through, influence, and improve digital accessibility across the organisation, and how universal design principles are changing the way digital services meet the needs of users.

Source: Videos – Media Access Australia

Learning Is For Everyone: Instructional Design For Accessibility (Free Technical Article!) – eLearning Industry

Instructional Design For Accessibility: How To Ensure That Learning Is For Everyone Designing eLearning that is accessible for people with disabilities isn’t easy. The key is to find ways in which basic principles of good web design, along with the principles of Universal Design, can improve access to and the experience of eLearning for all learners, regardless of ability. In Learning Is For Everyone: Instructional Design For Accessibility free technical article, Obsidian Learning examines several importa

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Grand Rapids YMCA first building to adopt universal design standards

…how do you design a new building to ensure that it serves the needs of all users? Inclusive design can make that happen.

UB’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center), in collaboration with the Global Universal Design Commission, has developed the first set of universal design certification standards for commercial buildings, looking to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines as a model.

The first facility to adopt these standards and become certified — the Mary Free Bed YMCA in Grand Rapids, Michigan — opened its doors to the public Dec. 7.

The IDeA Center, which is housed in the School of Architecture and Planning, started developing the universal design guidelines in 2009.

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The 7 Principles | Centre for Excellence in Universal Design

The 7 Principles of Universal Design were developed in 1997 by a working group of architects, product designers, engineers and environmental design researchers, led by the late Ronald Mace in the North Carolina State University.

The purpose of the Principles is to guide the design of environments, products and communications. According to the Center for Universal Design in NCSU, the Principles “may be applied to evaluate existing designs, guide the design process and educate both designers and consumers about the characteristics of more usable products and environments.”

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Think accessibility to future-proof your home

Universal design is another way to look at how the features in your home add comfort and convenience not only for today, and also into the future as well. Its design is useful and marketable to people with diverse or changing abilities. This approach ensures reach, manipulation and use regardless of the user’s body, size or mobility.

This type of home is designed with products and environments to accommodate all people – to the greatestextent possible – without the need for adaptation or specialized design. And the perfect way to incorporate these design features into your life is through the building of a new home.When a home is designed in such a manner, it thoughtfully takes into consideration design ideas that benefit everyone in the home at different ages and stages of life – which is why it is considered to be universal design.

Sometimes this can be misunderstood as design that accommodates disabilities. Though this is taken into consideration, it is really about achieving accessibility.

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Design for Everyone Guide | Sport and Recreation Victoria

The guide is a resource that uses the principles of Universal Design to provide users with an understanding of how to apply the philosophy of Universal Design during the design and construction phases of a new building or the redevelopment of a current facility.

The concept of Universal Design is to simplify life for everyone by making the built environment more usable to as many users as possible.

It is separate from accessible design as Universal Design is based on the equitable use of a facility and social inclusion and not the measurement of accessible design features and meeting minimum legislative requirements.

Applied holistically to a building without an alternative for different groups, Universal Design addresses issues of having a different approach for different users, which not only improves and simplifies the way a facility is used but also eliminates user segregation to maximise participation by users of all abilities.

http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/design-for-everyone-guide

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Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act Will Make Homes Accessible | Rep. Jan Schakowsky

There should be more of this particular type of sensible law emanating from our Political leaders!

Today, I introduced the Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act, which would require new homes built with federal dollars to meet accessibility standards — including a zero-step entrance, wheelchair accessible doorways and bathrooms, and climate controls that are at a height reachable from a wheelchair.

Above, I announced the introduction of this legislation to advocates at a Rally with the National Council on Independent Living. They support the legislation.

For too long, the federal government has supported the development of housing that is not visitable or livable for those with mobility impairments.

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