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Online resources written in easy-to-understand plain language

11 December 2018

Information that is clear and easy to understand helps everyone to be on the same page and to have the same understanding. This is particularly important when the information you need to know can significantly affect your life – like health, legal and financial information. So, we did some research to see what plain language information is available online and came up with some great resources. 

Find the full list here

Australia won’t be taking part in the next international survey of adult literacy and skills

11 December 2018

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is held every 10 years. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) coordinates the survey and, in 2012, Australia was one of 24 countries that took part, along with the US, the UK, Canada, Japan and South Korea. The next survey is being run in 2021 and 2022, but sadly Australia won’t be taking part.

Find out more in our article

A11y Camp Melbourne

12 November 2018

On Thursday 18 October, members of the web accessibility community, including web developers, consultants, academics and lawyers, came together to share knowledge and inspire each other to make the digital world more accessible for everyone. To ensure we keep up-to-date with the latest in web accessibility, our Content Producer, Larry Hudson, attended the event. 

You can find out about what we learnt here

Sharing knowledge not ‘dumbing down’

12 November 2018

Academics, like all experts, are used to writing for a specific audience that understands technical language and has similar background knowledge and experience. But that doesn’t mean their message needs to be ‘dumbed down’ to reach a wider audience. The whole reason to share information with people who don’t know what you know is so that they might also learn about it.

Read the full article about the importance of using plain language here

Program helping vulnerable witnesses to give evidence

16 October 2018

Since 1 July, the Victorian Government has been piloting an intermediaries program in the criminal justice system. Intermediaries are communication specialists who help vulnerable witnesses give evidence to the police and court. 

Read the full article here

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