Senate debates

Monday, 19 June 2017

Questions without Notice: Additional Answers

National Disability Insurance Scheme

3:08 pm

Photo of Scott RyanScott Ryan (Victoria, Liberal Party, Special Minister of State) Share this | | Hansard source

I have some further information I said I would come back to the chamber with for an answer I gave Senator Kakoschke-Moore last Thursday. I have been advised that the NDIA works closely with Vision Australia on engagement and accessibility services for people with a vision impairment. In May 2017 the NDIA began to work with Vision Australia on developing a nationally consistent approach before supplying NDIS documentation to participants with a vision impairment in their preferred format such as braille, electronic text and CD large print, and audio and CD. In addition to this consultation, I am advised NDIA staff regularly engage Vision Australia on a case-by-case basis to provide accessibility advice on external communication products. The staff also have access to Vision Australia's digital accessibility toolbar for Microsoft Word to ensure documents produced for the NDIA and released publicly are accessible and meet level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. Earlier this year NDIA staff also featured in five Vision Australia radio segments to ensure people with vision impairment have access to NDIS information in a format that is accessible to them. The NDIA also regularly shares Vision Australia content on our social media channels and has engaged with Vision Australia through the Australian Blindness Forum and has been an active contributor to these forums, with senior executives attending this event in the last two years.