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1 in 5 Australians with Disability

Australian Bureau of Statistics Media Release 2011


Arts Access Australia

Australian Premises Standards


Where to go for:

Support for People with a Physical Disability

Spinal Life Australia:  ph: 1300 774 625

Support in providing access to people who are deaf and hearing impaired

Deaf Services Qld: general service and training information: 07 3892 8500

Deaf Services Qld  – Booking Auslan Interpreters (statewide) – 1300 123 752

National Relay Service: – a phone solution for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment – calls can be made and received through this service.

Support in providing access to people who are blind and vision impaired

Vision Australia ph: 1300 84 74 66 is a partnership between people who are blind, sighted or have low vision. We are united by our passion that people who are blind or have low vision will have access to and fully participate in every part of life they choose.  They have a resource page with information on adaptive technology, fact sheets related to blindness and low vision, web accessibility tools, training guides and other useful links.

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) 1800 033 660 is the united voice of blind and vision-impaired Australians. Our mission is to achieve equity and equality by our empowerment, by promoting positive community attitudes, and by striving for high quality and accessible services which meet our needs.

Website accessibility

 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).

Guidelines widely regarded as the international standard for web accessibility


W3C validator:

Getting Started with Web Accessibility:

Tools & resources | Accessible Technology:

Creating Accessible Websites – American Foundation for the Blind:


Media Access Australia is Australia’s only independent not-for-profit organisation devoted to increasing access to media for people with disabilities.  Their areas of interest include TV, DVD, Education, Cinema and the Arts, Digital Technology, Online Media, Research and Policy.  Media Access Australia works to increase awareness and promote use of access solutions such as audio description for people who are blind or vision impaired and captioning for people who are deaf of hearing impaired

The Captioning Studio

The Captioning Studio is all about helping to make the world accessible through quality captioning and audio description.  They passionately believe that every person, including those with a hearing loss, should be able to access, fully participate in, and experience life.

Support in providing services that are accessible

Australian Human Rights Commission – Disability Rights performs a wide range of functions to assist individuals and organisations to understand their rights and meet their legal responsibilities. We conduct public inquiries, negotiate disability guidelines and standards, support organisations to develop Disability Action Plans and run community education programs.

Disability Standards and Guidelines

Accessible Events: A guide for organisers

Accessing the Arts: A resource kit is a collection of practical checklists and information sheets for arts and cultural organisations to assist in improving access and developing audiences. Topics include: Disability Awareness, Disability Media Info, Exhibition Design, Marketing to Disability, Print & Publication, Ticketing & Seating, and Venue Access Audits.

National Arts and Disability Strategy  In 2009, the Cultural Ministers Council released the National Arts and Disability Strategy. The strategy notes access and participation in artistic and cultural activities as a priority for people with disability as part of the broader social inclusion agenda that includes disability, mental health, employment and education.