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Why all designers need to understand color blindness

Why all designers need to understand color blindness | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it
Color blindness should be discussed more in design. Learn design tricks if you're color blind; learn how to design for a color blind audience if you're not...
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Should Netflix Be Accessible to the Deaf?

Should Netflix Be Accessible to the Deaf? | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it
Several court cases argue that disability laws that apply to public places should apply to online spaces, too.
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9 accessibility steps for MOOC platforms - eCampus News

9 accessibility steps for MOOC platforms - eCampus News | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it
edX is taking 9 distinct steps to ensure its MOOC content meets accessibility requirements for individuals with disabilities.
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MOOCs for everyone, but the deaf

For the past decade, we've all been enjoying online media one way or another. "Breaking Bad" was dangerous, especially with Netflix's auto-play feature; it would automatically show the next episode, and we just had to watch "one more" episode.

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Opening Doors to Accessibility -- Campus Technology

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It shouldn't take a lawsuit for universities to pay attention to accessibility for all students.
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Course Design that Meets More Learners' Needs -- Campus Technology

Course Design that Meets More Learners' Needs -- Campus Technology | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it

Universal Design for Learning offers a flexible framework for students who need extra support.


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Accessibility Showdown? Harvard and M.I.T. Sued Over Failing to Caption Online Courses - NYTimes.com

Accessibility Showdown? Harvard and M.I.T. Sued Over Failing to Caption Online Courses - NYTimes.com | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it

 By Tamar Lewin, 2/12/15:

 

"Advocates for the deaf on Thursday filed a federal class action against Harvard and M.I.T., saying both universities violate antidiscrimination laws by failing to provide closed captioning in their online lectures, courses, podcasts and other educational materials.

“Much of Harvard’s online content is either not captioned or is inaccurately or unintelligibly captioned, making it inaccessible for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing,” the complaint said, echoing language used in the M.I.T. complaint. “Just as buildings without ramps bar people who use wheelchairs, online content without captions excludes individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.”


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 12, 11:51 AM

This could be a landmark case.  Harvard and MIT have no excuse other than inertia for ignoring well established accessibility requirements for their online content.


Unlike the majority of Universities, these schools have the financial power to do anything they want. They have the resources to hire accessibility experts and instructional designers to do the job.  Close Captioning all video in an efficient and timely manner is a huge job.  But it can be done.  


This statement from Harvard is ingenuous.  The rules are well known: 


"Jeff Neal, a spokesman for Harvard, said that while he could not comment on the litigation, Harvard expects the United States Department of Justice to issue proposed rules later this year “to provide much-needed guidance in this area,” and that the university will follow whatever rules are adopted."


Harvard, MIT & EdX may end up causing an unexpected disruption in education: serious national attention on the rights of the disabled. 


Sande Woodson's curator insight, February 12, 6:59 PM

This is why we are working hard at Jessup Online to provide closed captioning for all of our video lectures and other video materials.

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, February 16, 8:21 PM

Accessibility shouldn't be a concern these days - it should be a core part of every online development.

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​MOOCs Inaccessible to Deaf Students, MIT and Harvard Sued (EdSurge News)

​MOOCs Inaccessible to Deaf Students, MIT and Harvard Sued (EdSurge News) | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it
SAY WHAT? MOOCs should be available to all, including learners who are hard of hearing. That’s the argument proposed by The National Association of the Deaf, who filed federal lawsuits against Harvard and MIT on February 12, requesting closed captioning for all online courses.The lawsuits accuse the
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Mukesh Jain: Need to promote assistive technologies for disabled people

Mukesh Jain: Need to promote assistive technologies for disabled people | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it
New Delhi, Feb 12 (PTI) Assistive technologies should be used for a wide range of disabilities or impairments in India as it promotes greater independence for disabled people, according to Mukesh Jain, Joint Secretary in Department of Disability Affairs. "The assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that were formerly unable …
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The problem with ABC's new disability series, 'Attitudes'

The problem with ABC's new disability series, 'Attitudes' | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it
We need to see media depictions that actually challenge and change attitudes instead of just reinforcing stereotypes, writes Jacki Brown.
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Universal Design Resources | AHEAD: Association on Higher Education and Disability

Universal Design Resources | AHEAD: Association on Higher Education and Disability | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it

AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.


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Active Learning, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in collaboration with Technology | VTE - Vitrine Technologie Education

Active Learning, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in collaboration with Technology | VTE - Vitrine Technologie Education | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it
Shifting the focus from Teaching to Learning is usually an opportunity to enrich your pedagogy with Active Learning. This Vitrine technologie-éducation's (VTÉ) laboratory lets you explore how to take advantage of the technology. Moreover, discover how you can also benefit a Universal Design or Learning (UDL) approach when dealing with over crowded-classroom. This laboratory began in February 2014 (enrollment is now closed) with a wide set of partners!

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How Colleges Can Better Serve Students with Learning Disabilities -- Campus Technology

Although assistive technologies and other supports can help, too few students who need them take advantage.
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Why Color Blindness is No Longer a Problem for Web Design - MonsterPost

Why Color Blindness is No Longer a Problem for Web Design - MonsterPost | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it
This post contains basic guidelines for creating a colorblind-friendly website and making an effective color choice that will work nearly for everyone.
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Rice U Engineers Develop Vibrating Vest for the Deaf -- Campus Technology

Rice U Engineers Develop Vibrating Vest for the Deaf -- Campus Technology | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it
A group of engineering students at Rice University and their mentors at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine are working on a vest that lets profoundly deaf people understand speech through vibrations.
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How a Program Meant to Help Disabled Workers Failed Them Instead

How a Program Meant to Help Disabled Workers Failed Them Instead | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it
Disability Insurance is providing a much-needed safety net for 9 million Americans, but basic flaws in the program's structure mean that many never work again.
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▶ Hearing Hands - Touching Ad By Samsung - YouTube

Know more at http://digitalsynopsis.com/advertising/samsung-hearing-hands-duyan-eller-video-call-center/
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eCampus News Why online ed accessibility is not a “when we get to it” issue - eCampus News

eCampus News Why online ed accessibility is not a “when we get to it” issue - eCampus News | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it
In the era of online learning, colleges and universities are quickly learning that it’s not enough to provide online content—the content must be accessible for all. But how can institutions provide online accessibility; and is it a legal requirement?

In February, advocates for the deaf filed federal lawsuits against Harvard and M.I.T., stating that both universities violated anti-discrimination laws by failing to provide closed captioning in their online lectures, courses, podcasts, and other educational materials. In “Harvard and M.I.T. Are Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions [2],” the New York Times highlighted portions of the complaint and zeroed in on the fact that, “Much of Harvard’s online content is either not captioned or is inaccurately or unintelligibly captioned, making it inaccessible for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.”

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The Web Accessibility in Higher Education Project (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

The Web Accessibility in Higher Education Project (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it

The Web Accessibility in Higher Education Project works across 25 Oklahoma institutions of higher education to provide resources and help campuses meet technology accessibility goals.

 

 

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Colour-blind aid for Warcraft game

Colour-blind aid for Warcraft game | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it

Blizzard, the games company behind World of Warcraft, has added an interface to assist users who have colour blindness.

It is adding three sets of colour-blind filters, and users will be able to fine tune the mode to take account of their particular visual issues.

The condition affects one in 12 men and one in 200 women, with red-green colour blindness the most common.

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Games are making the effort. We all need to.

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Harvard and M.I.T. Are Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions

Harvard and M.I.T. Are Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it
Federal lawsuits filed by advocates for the deaf says both schools violate antidiscrimination laws by not providing closed captioning in online lectures and podcasts.
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Fitness game for the physically impaired

Fitness game for the physically impaired | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it
Modern IT has the potential to make fitness training more varied for people with physi- cal limitations. But what exactly is required?

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illorem.com - Mark Merolli's curator insight, February 4, 11:26 PM

Have you considered what "gaming" can do in rehab? If not, have a read of this article. It's just one of many highlighting the potential IT to reach different physically impaired groups

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National Center On Universal Design for Learning

National Center On Universal Design for Learning | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it

The mission of the National Center on Universal Design for Learning and UDL Connect is to cultivate a dynamic effective UDL field. We hope the features and activities available will support your work in UDL.

Explore the latest resources on the National Center on Universal Design for Learning.


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Universal Design for Learning - YouTube

North Star Paths and Long Story Shortz present an explainer video on the Universal Design for Learning.

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How Intel Gave Stephen Hawking a Voice | WIRED

How Intel Gave Stephen Hawking a Voice | WIRED | Educational eAccessibility | Scoop.it
Stephen Hawking first met Gordon Moore, the cofounder of Intel, at a conference in 1997. Moore noticed that Hawking’s computer, which he used to communicate, had an AMD processor and asked him if he preferred instead a “real computer” with an Intel micro-processor. Intel has been providing Hawking with customized PCs and technical support since then, replacing his computer every two years.
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