Council acknowledges Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Issued Thursday 7 May 2015

In the lead up to Global Accessibility Awareness Day on 21 May 2015 Council is inviting residents to check out the new BrowseAloud platform on its website to hear Council’s website content read aloud.

City of Casey Mayor Cr Mick Morland said Council is committed to web accessibility and is working to meet the requirements of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

‘Acknowledged around the world Global Accessibility Awareness Day was created to dedicate one day to raising the profile of and introducing the topic of digital accessibility and people with disabilities.

‘It’s imperative that all members of our community have fair and equitable access to Council services and facilities, and our website is no exception.

‘Council has launched the BrowseAloud platform to enhance accessibility especially for people using screen readers.

‘BrowseAloud allows you to select sections of content to be read aloud or even full pages in over 50 different languages. You can also translate content in these languages and read the translated content on-screen’.

The Mayor said Council had a plan for its website over the coming years to be the channel of choice for customers.

‘We are currently planning improvements to ensure our website is customer focused and driven by the customer’s needs. Accessibility will be key to this as we make our website design responsive, review content ensuring it is customer focused and reduce the number of files, or provide text alternative formats.’

To access BrowseAloud, click on the ‘listen to our website’ icon (located at the top of all our webpages).

Other accessibility features on Council’s website include;

  • Options to increase or decrease text size
  • Options to remove images
  • Audio versions of Council’s Citynews magazine
  • Translated content in 13 of the most commonly spoken languages in Casey.