Centre for Inclusive Design


April Inclusion News

Our podcast on using Cognitive Bias for good, an accessible hiring toolkit, inclusive snakes and ladders and a fresh Siri. Explore April’s inclusion news.

April Inclusion News

Editor’s Note

Welcome to the April 2021 Edition of our Inclusion Newsletter. 

This month I am happy to be sharing the next episode of the With, not For podcast. I spoke with cognitive bias expert David Dylan Thomas. We started our discussion with how to mitigate cognitive bias in organisations and in hiring – but our chat covered so much more than just that. Listen to the episode here, and access the transcript here. 

If you have and queries or questions, we would love to hear from you. As always, you can find us at cfid.org.au or contact me directly at manisha.amin@cfid.org.au.  

This newsletter was created on Gadigal Land. We recognise all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Elders past, present and emerging. 

Thank you, 

Manisha Amin, CEO, Centre for Inclusive Design 

Community News

Save the date: ReachDeck Accessibility Webinar 13 May 5PM AEST 

We’ve partnered with Texthelp to showcase ReachDeck the exciting new solution that will help you remove communication barriers from your website. Reach a wider audience and build trust in your brand. 

We’ll be sharing the sign-up link with you when it is live.

Podcast: Leading With Empathy & Allyship

In this episode of Leading with Empathy and Allyship, Melinda Briana Epler, Founder & CEO of Change Catalyst, and Manisha Amin, CEO of the Centre for Inclusive Design, discuss “It’s OK To Make Mistakes As An Ally.” Our work as allies and advocates continues to shape society for the better. The work can also feel heavy – especially when we stumble. Manisha explores how to get over our fears when it comes to allyship; call each other in rather than out; own our truth; apologize and repair; and forgive others, as well as ourselves.  

Resource: Accessibility Skills Hiring Toolkit

Teach Access provides the Accessibility Skills Hiring Toolkit to help organisations build internal capacity for producing accessible digital products by developing a knowledgeable and skilled workforce. 

Apple will no longer make Siri’s voice female by default

Apple has said that its mobile devices will ask users to pick from a range of voices when they set up the virtual assistant. The changes to Siri are already available in Apple’s iOS 14.5 beta, and will take effect for those setting up a new Apple device when the software update rolls out more widely later this year. In 2019, a United Nations report warned that voice assistants perpetuate the idea that “women are obliging, docile and eager-to-please helpers, available at the touch of a button or with a blunt voice command.” 

Giant Snakes & Ladders Artwork At Sydney Olympic Park For Royal Easter Show

A Snakes and Ladders artwork is set to get locals and visitors jumping at Sydney Olympic Park’s Station Square during this year’s Royal Easter Show. Sydney artists Digby Webster and Nadia Odlum have joined forces to create a large-scale mural on the ground outside the entrance to the Olympic Park’s train station. Visitors will be able to play the giant game by bringing their own dice or using a custom-made digital ‘Digby Dice’ accessible onsite by using a QR code. Accessible elements of the artwork include digital Auslan interpretation and audio description of the artwork for visitors who are d/Deaf or have vision impairment. 

Episode Two: With, not For Podcast

Using Cognitive Bias for Good with David Dylan Thomas 

In this month’s episode of With, not For, we speak to David Dylan Thomas, the Author of Design for Cognitive Bias. David’s work focuses on the intersection of bias, design, and social justice. His work in content strategy focuses on how it can mitigate bias (or use it for good) and help people talk to each other more clearly and treat each other more equitably. Episode transcript available here. 

In this episode, Manisha and David discuss: 

  • Operationalising the mitigation of cognitive bias
  • Removing bias from the hiring process 
  • Preventing assimilation in workplaces
  • An Avengers analogy to understand diverse hiring 
  • Setting goals to achieve real change 
  • The limitations of GDP – what about Gross Domestic Happiness? 
  • Design education and learning ethics 


Thursday, 3rd of December 2020 marks International Day for People with Disability. While international observances like this are great for celebration and acceptance, they are also important catalysts for thinking and questioning. What are our preconceived notions of disability? How can we be better designing for disability to reach inclusion? How can we think about disability differently?

Our project Match/Mismatch explores these questions. This idea of matching/mismatching is at the core of inclusive design. It rejects the idea disability as a trait, and instead looks at is as a mismatch between human needs and the design features of a product, built environment, system or service.

This month, we share insights from Allan and Coral about how great designs that match their needs have enhanced their lives, and how the mismatches have created unnecessary obstacles.

The match and mismatch of app accessibility

Allan explores the concept of match through his favourite apps, and discusses how ‘modernising’ design can strip access away and create mismatch. Transcript available here

Assistive tech and the wonders of Siri

Coral walks through her technology matches – a purpose-made piece of assistive tech, and a customisable one that you probably have in your hand or pocket right now. Transcript available here. 

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