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    Accessibility checker

    This video demonstrates how to use the Accessibility Checker built into MS Word and other MS Office products.  The document used for the demonstration includes some errors and we show how to correct them.  It is also noted that the Checker is not infallible.  It may not report all errors.  It may also flag what it sees as a potential problem when, in the current context, there is not a problem. (Andrew Downie)

  • Article

    Accessibility features built into MS Windows

    Microsoft Windows provides a range of inbuilt features that may benefit people with various disabilities.  In the attached document you will find a list of tools and a brief explanation of how to access them. 

  • Article

    Accessibility features built into iPhone and iPad

    iPhones and iPads have a range of inbuilt features that may benefit people with various disabilities.  In this document you will find a list of tools and a brief explanation of how to access them.

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    Adobe Reader Accessibility (PDFs)

    Adobe Reader is free software that can be used to read and access the information contained within PDF files. Adobe Reader contains many capabilities specifically designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to read PDF files, regardless of whether the files have been optimized for accessibility. It leverages accessibility functions built into Windows and Mac OS systems and allows adjustment of user preferences to optimize the reading experience for a variety of disabilities.

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    Adobe Reader: “Read out Aloud”

    Adobe Reader offers basic text-to-speech functionality for PDF documents. Functions allow the user to have a document read from the top to the bottom of a page. Visit the accessibility features section of the Adobe Reader website for more information.

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    Association for the Blind WA:

    Providing information about blindness, access issues, advocacy, Braille, employment and education, mobility and transport as well as links to other sites.

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    CAST UDL Book Builder

    Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.

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    Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide: A practical resource for organisational support

    This comprehensive 12-page booklet was written by Dr Scott Hollier,  for Media Access Australia. It provides guidance on how best to address accessibility-related issues for people with cognitive disability in a media context.

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    Copyright and Print Disability. Institutions assisting people with disabilities

    Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) is the collecting society approved by the Attorney-General to administer the statutory licence for institutions assisting people with an intellectual or print disability. Australia’s copyright legislation allows the conversion of copyright content, such as books, into accessible formats for people with print disabilities, without infringing the copyright owners’ rights.

    These uses include making sound recordings, Braille versions, large-print versions, adaptations, photographic and electronic versions of copyright works.

    In December 2017, the provisions in the Copyright Act (the legislation) for people with a disability changed.

    The legislation is different for people working in education institutions and specialist institutions assisting people with a disability than it is for people working in other organisations.

    In either case, however, the first step is to check if the content can be purchased in the required format. If not, check if it can be borrowed or acquired from another organisation that holds a copy in the required format.

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    Copyright and Print Disability: Frequently Asked Questions

    Australian Human Rights Commission has assembled these FAQs to provide basic information about how the copyright legislative and administrative regime affects producers and users of accessible-format material (audio, Braille, e-text and large-print) in Australia.

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