Non-traditional options are becoming the new “Norm”

Recently, I had a great experience with an online task-matching service where you describe a task that you want done for a price you want to pay.

Once you’ve describe your task & your budget, you then wait for the quotes to come in.

The task I wanted done was for someone to clean my wheelchair & my budget was $25.

Within half an hour, I had 3 people interested in this task.

The first person’s quote met my budget, the other two were slightly higher however they could do it immediately.

I chose to pay an extra $5 as I did want the job done urgently.

I’m sensing that people with disabilities are becoming more savvy when it comes to finding creative ways to get something done.

Yes of course there are risks when using strangers online, but this is when “informed decision making” by reading reviews & talking with others can really help.

Here is a couple of online & mobile marketplace websites that enable users to outsource everyday tasks.

While I’m going on about creative thinking & innovation, check out this new Autoslide “Sliding Door Opener”.

Web developers, have a “Duty of Care”

There’s plenty of “Googling” happening at the moment as many of us are doing lots of online research looking for service providers and strategies as we prepare for the NDIS.

I recently caught up with Natalie Khoo, a copywriter (specialising in advising businesses that are developing or updating their website).

During our chat we spoke about why we are still seeing websites that aren’t accessible for people who are vision-impaired users of adaptive technology.

Even since the incident in which Bruce McGuire (who is blind) sued the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 for not giving him equal opportunity to purchase tickets, through to the suing of Coles in late 2014 by a vision-impaired user for not providing web accessible content, the issue of web accessibility still remains.

Back in 2014, only 26% of websites in Australia met the minimum requirement (‘A’ standard). Although there is no definitive data publicly available to say how we have progressed, the general consensus is that emerging web writers, designers and developers still have much to learn.

In saying that, we are now seeing rapid developments in assistive technologies – such as improved shortcuts and hotkeys in JAWS 10 (screenreader software that helps vision-impaired users understand and interact with online content) – that are rendering ‘AAA’ compliance less important.

Compliance with WCAG is a human rights issue.

Federal government websites must comply with AA-level standards.

Other organisations (including businesses) that do not meet these universally recognised web accessibility guidelines are at risk of breaching the Disability Discrimination Act.

When organising your website, it always pays to ask someone what their knowledge of web accessibility is like, and don’t let them bamboozle you with how many “bells and whistles” they can put on your website.

I highly recommend Natalie to have a chat with if you’ve got any questions getting your website right for everybody.

This is her website: http://avioncommunications.com.au/

Inaccessable Website

“Choice & Control”, not just a NDIS slogan

The movie “Me before You” I enjoyed it.

At the end of the day it was a humorous love story where a guy who had quadriplegia and his carer fell in love.

It made me laugh and cry, that’s why I go to the movies.

Being born with a disability, I would often look at others who had acquired their’s & think to myself, they need to toughen up & stop being so bitter towards themselves and others.

I remember telling “Superman” (Christopher Reeves) how disappointed I was with him after his presentation at the Fox Studios in Sydney when he told everybody

“He would rather be dead than remain in a wheelchair on a ventilator”

“Me before You” is being criticised big time on Facebook as a “Pity Party” sending out negative perceptions of people with disabilities.

In reality, everybody handles their own disability in their own way.

There are the elite go-getters and at the other end you have those who struggle every day.

We need more “Disruptive” movies like “Me before You” that challenges peoples’ perception about disability.

I support “Choice and Control” when it comes living or not with your disability.

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