Wendy Farley and Olivia Wroth, partners in Accessibility matters, have worked together on publications since 2009. In 2018 and 2019, both experienced an increase in document accessibility work in their own design and editing businesses, and saw a need to help government departments and other businesses understand and meet government accessibility requirements when publishing online.
To meet this need, Accessibility matters was launched in May 2020.
Wendy is a graduate of Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney) with a Bachelor of Arts in Design (Visual Communications) and a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing (UTS).
She began her career on magazines, including as Deputy Art Director of Good Weekend magazine. She moved on to Social Change Media in Sydney as a designer and art director, honing her interest in social justice issues through working on community campaigns. She launched her design studio Anthouse Communications in 1998 and maintains several NSW Government clients.
Wendy specialises in designing documents using inclusive design principles as well as remediation of existing PDFs to make them accessible.
Lyndell graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts in Design (Visual Communications).
She started her career in a boutique design studio in Melbourne before moving to London where she headed up the design division of a multinational company, working with start-up businesses through to blue-chip clients. Back in Australia, Lyndell now works with both private and government clients.
Lyndell has extensive experience in designing and supervising projects and understands the importance of maintaining brand integrity and creating accessible design solutions.
Olivia graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, and from Macleay College, Sydney, with a Diploma of Book Editing and Publishing.
She started her professional life as a vet and worked in small animal practice for eight years in Australia and England. She began working as an editor in 1996, has been working with MIMS Australia for 23 years, and worked for the Medical Journal of Australia for eight years. SuperScript Writing & Editing was initiated in 2008, specialising in medical and veterinary projects.
Olivia maintains writing and editing projects as principal of SuperScript, in parallel with accessibility work through Accessibility matters.
Rosanna holds a Master of Publishing and Communications from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics) from the University of New England, Armidale.
Rosanna has worked both in-house and as a freelancer on nonfiction titles, from travel guides and reference books to government reports and academic theses and reports. Her attention to detail makes copyediting and proofreading her main focus and passion. She is also experienced in project management and copywriting, and is interested in how the publishing industry approaches matters of accessibility and inclusion.