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INTERNET ACCESS MEANS INDEPENDENCE FOR DISABLED PEOPLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, communication, daada, disability, internet, Uncategorized by freoview on June 6, 2018

 

 

The beautiful hall of DADAA, the former Fremantle Boys School at Princess May Park, was packed full this morning for the launch of the CENTRE FOR ACCESSIBILITY  by Stephen Dawson MLC.

The CFA’s aim is to promote digital access for people with a disability. This is not about compliance, but about people!

A short video showed the major issues for disabled people when accessing the internet. “Every website has got too many words. Very difficult to find stuff” “You want my cash, make your website accessible”

Stephen Dawson MLC said the Centre for Accessibility was about effectively engaging with on-line content and that it needs to be stressed that it is about independence for people with a disability.

The on-line informations needs to be available to everyone, as every person has a unique contribution to make to the community. Abled people sometimes take for granted what others don’t have. It is about breaking down the barriers!

The first three targets to improve on-line information are local government, providers of disability services and arts organisations. Many others will no doubt follow and make their on-line content more accessible to disabled people, e.g. add captions to video content, provide a transcript for audio-only content such as podcasts, audio volume needs to be adjustable, when using audio alerts also provide the visual equivalent.

The former Chair person of DADAA Helen Errington gave a very insightful speech with a lot of humour. She was not impressed with the early 8.30am launch and suggested to take the A out and make it a lunch next time.

Access to the internet means independence for us, she said, as it enabled her to do on-line food shopping, socialise via Twitter and Facebook, do research, find tradespeople and services, etc.

We were isolated before the internet and going out is often an ordeal. “Through the internet the mountain has come to Mohammed. We just want to be included”

I believe the Centre for Accessibility is a significant step forward toward real equality. It is practical and achievable rather than tokenism. See: http://www.accessibility.org.au

Well done to all involved. This is a great initiative, so very disappointing that I did not see anyone from the City of Fremantle in the crowd.

Roel Loopers

 

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DADAA VISITS BATHERS BEACH SCULPTURES

Posted in daada, disability, fremantle, sculpture@bathers by freoview on March 24, 2015

Over 180 people with a disability are visiting the Fremantle SCULPTURE@BATHERS exhibition this week. DADAA is doing fantastic work and it is great to see the FICRA-funded beach wheelchair getting a good work out over the last few days.

S@B is open till Sunday, so come and say hello, enjoy the sunset, have a stroll and support the work of 75 Western Australian artists. I’ll be on duty from 4-8 this evening so pop by and give me some company. ; >)

Roel Loopers

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