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3 May 2021

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has recently announced its publication of an informative Working Group Note: Making Content Usable for People with Cognitive and Learning Disabilities.

The purpose of the document is to aid in making web content (which includes applications), more accessible to more people. The document is designed to provide ‘supplemental guidance’ (which goes beyond the requirements for the current Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), for people with cognitive and learning disabilities. The Note includes aims and objectives for usable content, design patterns (ways) to make content usable, including users in research, design and testing activities and examples of user needs.

WAI is also currently working on integrating the Objectives and Patterns from Content Usable in a new section of the WAI website. That will be easier for some people to use.

For further information regarding W3C work on accessibility for people with cognitive and learning disabilities, see Cognitive Accessibility at W3C.

CFA Australia strongly supports the work of W3C WAI and associated working groups such as COGA in developing this much needed guidance given the current limitations for cognitive disability support in WCAG 2.1.

W3C WAI is encouraging feedback for the next version of this document. To comment, please open a new issue in the COGA GitHub repository.