Cognitive disability digital accessibility guide

Front cover of the cognitive disability media access guideWebsites and smart phones are not always user-friendly for everyone, particularly people with cognitive conditions. With information coming to us in various digital formats and platforms it’s important to be inclusive and accessible.

The Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide is designed to provide practical, step-by-step information for designing and delivering effective best-practice web and digital communication. It provides useful information on:

    • Guidance on policies and technical standards that best apply to people with cognitive disabilities in an organisational context.
    • Creating websites that support people with a cognitive disability.
    • Developing documents structured and written in ways that support people with cognitive disabilities.
    • Preparing communication messages for people with a cognitive disability.
    • Understanding how best to support people with cognitive disabilities in their ability to use computers and mobile devices.

The Guide also covers traditionally-implemented accessibility guidelines of WCAG 2.0 Level AA as well as looking at the increasing relevance of Level AAA requirements. It also delves into the role of affordable consumer devices such as tablets and helpful apps.

Of course, if the design is suitable for people with cognitive disability, there is a very good chance it is going suitable for everyone.

Centre for Inclusive Design (formerly Media Access Australia) produced this guide. Although it was published in 2016, most of the information is still relevant. 

People with cognitive disabilities or impairments include: acquired brain injury, autism, dementia, developmental disability, Down syndrome, intellectual disability, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, and learning difficulties in general.