Richard West, Chair of UKAAF, gives us his insights into the organisation’s main priorities in 2020?
At the UK Association for Accessible Formats, our objectives are to develop guidelines and minimum standards for producing information in formats accessible to people who cannot read standard print, for whatever reason, including sight loss, dyslexia or because they cannot physically handle the documents.
Clearly then, we cover a very wide field, from braille and audio to large print, and accessible electronic documents. Most of our detailed work is carried out in small groups, so the work is done by people who are experts or interested in that particular sphere. All work is then drawn together by the UKAAF Board.
For 2020, we have defined three major things we want to do: Continue reading From Braille Music to Accessible Images, You Can ‘Feel’: A Busy Year Ahead For UKAAF
As it creaks to an end, I think we can all agree 2019 was quite a year for politics, more confusing than usual BBC dramas (‘War Of The Worlds,’ anyone?) and the rising fortunes of my beloved Liverpool Football Club.
But it was also a very interesting year for website accessibility, which I have been keeping an eye on with my UKAAF hat on (you may know I am helping support its mission of improving access by partially-sighted and blind people to content). This actually started around about a year ago, actually, if we can count end of 2018 here, when I looked at the practical implementations of what is known in accessibility content circles as ‘The Marrakesh Treaty.’ Continue reading We Achieved A Lot in 2019 Accessible Content-Wise, But That Hill Still Isn’t Climbed Yet
If you are a Web developer, brand owner, business content professional, citizen or human being – I hope you have a free day on June 12th.
Why? Because if you are any of those things – as so many of us are now – then I think you need to get yourself over to a very special London conference to discuss what is increasingly a key issue for all of us: how to keep the Web truly open. Continue reading Why Are We Limiting The Full Potential Of Digital Business?
If the journalism is sound – and I can’t see anything not to think that at the moment – there’s a genuinely shocking story just out on Huffpost that anyone who cares about not just accessibility but democracy needs to be concerned about: Disabled people could be denied their right to vote independently and in secret in the now-confirmed UK end of May European elections, because there’s been no planning on how to help them. Continue reading Has a rush to hold UK European Parliament elections disadvantaged blind voters?