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Practical accessibility tips for producing consumer resources

23 May 2023

‘There are a lot of views out there that accessibility is too hard… well unfortunately-  or fortunately that isn’t true. What costs money is having to retro fit something.’ Mary Schnackenberg

In this interview, consumer and disability advocate Mary Schnackenberg discusses:

  • Why right first time is in more efficient.
  • Affordable accessibility tips everyone can use.
  • How Microsoft tools can improve your accessibility in your document.
  • Why building headings is important.
  • Building accessible images and photos using alt text.

Mary Schnackenberg has represented and advocated for the disability community, particularly blind/vision impaired people, in many roles. Mary Schnackenberg is also a member of the Te Tāhū Hauora Health Quality and Safety Commission's consumer advisory group and consumer network.

Further organisations and resources:

  • The Accessibility Charter: A commitment to accessible information link

  • NZ Digital government link

  • Blind Low Vision NZ link 

Published: 23 May 2023 Modified: 23 May 2023