VisAbility’s access consulting team is passionate about making information and services accessible to all people in the community.
Do you spend much time thinking about access? We do. At VisAbility, everything we do empowers people living with disability.
This means having the same access to information, facilities and services, as any other person. We’re here to make that happen.
Our services include:
- Print accessibility – review and convert
- Website accessibility health checks
- Braille and audio production
- Accessibility workshops
- Easy English conversions
- Library services
- Physical access consulting
- App accessibility and usability
We work with your teams to ensure your websites are WCAG 2.1 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) compliant and can be accessed by all stakeholders.
Print/Alternative Format Production
The alternative format production service transcribes a range of items including computer files, printed books or existing recordings (including analogue tapes) into Braille and/or audio formats on request.
What can we convert?
- Instructional material
- Exam papers
- Utility bills
- Disability Access Inclusion Plans (DAIPs)
What are accessible formats?
- Large print
- Tactile images
This service also produces tactile maps, diagrams, and adhesive Braille labels. Braille labels are applied to house-hold items and or can also be placed over the print in children’s books to enable both people who are sighted and those with vision impairment to read a book together.
To learn how to produce electronic documents for effective accessible format conversion download our Accessible Electronic Document Factsheet [doc, 38kb].
VisAbility conducts accessibility training workshops on converting material to accessible formats, to ensure your information can be easily understood by all.
Our friendly access consultants have a unique combination of skills and experience and are highly qualified in physical access consultancy services. We will work with you to develop your teams to eliminate barriers.
“I am proud to have a passionate team of accessible consultants at VisAbility that go beyond their duties to ensure these knowledge gaps are broken and people have equal or better access to information.”Dinesh Burah, Manager Specialist Services at VisAbility
Meet the Access Consultancy Team
Our team are experts in Access Consultancy. Our staff David and Vithya have worked on projects in consultancy with government agencies, not-for-profit organisations and tertiary institutions. In additional, they have presented at several disability and access related conferences and events including OzeWAI, Perth Web Accessibility Camp, National Disability Service (NDS) WA Conference and the Round Table for People with Print Disabilities conference.
David Vosnacos – Assistive Technology Coordinator
David is an Occupational Therapist, with specialist knowledge in Access Consultancy and Assistive Technology.
His role at VisAbility includes advocating for people with vision impairment through Local Government Access and Inclusion Advisory Groups, providing accessibility advice through audits on physical and web access. David also works with the Assistive Technology and Specialist Services team.
David has a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) from Curtin University, Professional Certification in Web Accessibility from the University of South Australia and a Certificate IV in Access Consulting through the Access Institute.
Vithya Vijayakumare – Digital Accessibility Specialist
Vithya is the Digital Accessibility Specialist at VisAbility. She has been in this profession for almost 11 years.
Her role includes providing accessibility consultation, training, website and document auditing, document remediation in various alternative formats, and guidelines on how to create accessible videos, podcasts, and social media posts.
In 2019, Vithya was one of the Web Access Judges for the Centre for Accessibility’s Australian Access Award.
Vithya also has a keen interest in emerging technologies, including 360 audio, surround sound and video and virtual reality. She is working towards researching on how these technologies can be used to create a world that is more inclusive and accessible for everyone.
Vithya has a Professional Certification in Web Accessibility from the University of South Australia and Masters of Innovation Technologies from ECU, specialising in multimedia, sound design and 3D surround sound.
We can create an Easy English version of your documents. This allows the information to be easily understood by all. This will enable a greater number of people to make choices and decisions and enable them to actively participate in your community.
Easy English is suitable for people with low to very low levels of literacy in the English language. It uses:
- very short sentences, with short, familiar (everyday) words
- Images to support the words. The images will draw the reader’s attention and help them to understand the words
- Consistent layout with lots of white space.
Easy English is suitable for people who can recognise a few everyday words, or find familiar words in simple sentences, as well as those who can read up to a High School Year 9 level. This will help around 44% of the Australian population aged 15 years and older who do not have adequate literacy levels to read most written materials. That’s about 7.3 million people. These people may have:
- an intellectual disability
- a cognitive disability
- reduced experience with reading and writing English
- a culturally and linguistically diverse background, including people from the Deaf community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
You may hear it called Easy Read. This is what it’s called in Europe and the UK, for example. Contact us for more information.