PWDA launches new website to mark 40 years of community service

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PWDA has launched a new website to help improve how our members, clients and supporters can access our information and engage with our work, activities and events.

Launched as part of our 40th anniversary commemorations, the new website reflects current trends in digital communication and provides a much more effective and inclusive user experience with improved functionality and design, streamlined content and simple navigation.

In terms of accessibility, the new site is WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.1 AA compliant, and features a new Userway accessibility and language function which allows users to convert text to speech, to easily change elements such as contrast, colour, saturation, font size and line spacing, and to translate the site’s content into 45 different languages.

The site also showcases the work of photographers and community groups aligned to positive and diverse representation of people with disability.

The site was developed with the generous support of digital solutions agency Sitback as well as the Federal Department of Industry, Science and Resources via a Stronger Communities grant facilitated by the office of Federal Environment Minister and Member for Sydney Tanya Plibersek.

The last major overhaul of PWDA’s website took place over seven years ago and PWDA CEO Sebastian Zagarella says a new site was needed to help PWDA operate more effectively in the contemporary digital space.

“Digital communications have changed significantly over the past seven years, and to ensure we’re connecting and engaging with our members, clients and supporters in the most effective way, we’ve upgraded our website.

“Visitors will find the design, content and navigation much more user-friendly, and the inclusion of best-practice accessibility functionality means visitors can access our information in ways that best suit them.

“This year, PWDA commemorates 40 years of being a leader in disability rights and advocacy. While these occasions allow us to celebrate our heritage, they also allow us to look to the future and the launch today of this new website will allow PWDA to be a much more effective part of Australia’s disability rights movement well into the future.

“I thank Sitback, Minister Plibersek and the Department of Industry, Science and Resources for supporting the development of this website and congratulate everyone involved for their various contributions.

“The website is a great new resource for PWDA as well as the people and communities we serve and we look forward to continuing to build and develop new and improved ways for our members, clients and supporters to engage with PWDA.”

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