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23 August 2019

In my former
role with Media Access Australia, I worked with VisAbility to project manage
and write the contents of the Affordable
resource. The resource was well received at the time and I was very excited
when the Centre For Inclusive Design (CfID) invited me back to develop content for
its recently launched refresh.

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The original
resource was funded by an Australian Communications
Consumer Action Network (ACCAN
) grant, focused on providing guidance on
consumer-based technologies that are both affordable and contain accessibility features.
As explained on the homepage of the resource:

“The Affordable Access initiative is all about providing equal
access to technology for people with hearing, sight or cognitive issues or
disabilities, that is both affordable and easy to use.

There are lots of great
products on the market that contain accessibility features, yet it’s often hard
to work out which ones are well suited and which options are best on a limited

This resource has been
created to help you make educated choices on options priced up to $250. You’ll
find useful information on the specific accessibility features that are in
popular devices such as tablets, smartphones, desktop computers, TV media players
and assistive technologies that provide the best deals for the average user on
a budget.

The options presented on this website include commonly used everyday products plus additional options for those who are more tech savvy.”

At the beginning of the year the CfID contacted me regarding their interest in wanting to update the website which was now several years out of date, and it was a great privilege to be asked to return to the project to support CfID in the refresh. With new content and a design overhaul, the resource again provides up-to-date information across what’s accessible, what’s available, what’s suitable and what’s possible.

Many thanks to CfID for the opportunity to be involved in updating the Affordable Access resource. The resource is located at

The Centre for Accessibility is a joint project by Media on Mars, DADAA and Dr Scott Hollier and is funded by the Department of Communities, Disability Services.

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