DART2 (Disseminating Assistive Roles and Technology 2) is a new JISC Advance funded project that follows on from the recently concluded LSIS funded DART project. Thanks to the nature of the JISC funding we are now able to offer the project in England, Wales and Scotland.
This post is part of the MOOC MOOC course of work. It outlines my journey (now lasting over a year) towards adopting elements of a MOOC in the Inclusive Technologies for Reading (#ITR12) course pilot starting this September.
Inclusive Design (ID) and Accessibility, and the design principles around these issues, are not confined to a 'special group' of people. ... Samantha also sits on the British Dyslexia Association's new technology committee.
It has been a while since the last post in the Office 2010 Quick Tips series, which looks at some of the newer accessibility features in Office 2010 – with the launch of the TechDis Voices and Toolbox things have been very busy!
Welcome to the inclusive design toolkit, which aims to answer three critical questions:
1. What is inclusive design? Inclusive design applies an understanding of customer diversity to the design of mainstream products to better satisfy the needs of more people. 2. Why do inclusive design? Products that are more inclusive can reach a wider market, improve customer satisfaction and drive business success, especially given the ageing population. 3. How to get started? Getting started involves understanding what is different about an inclusive design process and then working out what changes are needed to actually do it.
The JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland has been working closely with JISC Techdis to facilitate a trial of an e-Portfolio system called ‘In-Folio’ for students on supported learning programmes in FE colleges in Scotland.
In-Folio was developed by staff working in Independent Specialist Colleges in England. After lengthy trials of existing e-Portfolio resources, became clear there were no existing accessible systems to adequately meet the needs of their students with learning disabilities/difficulties.
Very nice example of using Xerte to create inclusive learning resource about inclusive teaching and learning. Find out more about Xerte and Xerte Toolkits at www.nottingham.ac.uk/xerte. Lots of teacher based guidance on using Xerte Toolkits at www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/xerte.
Although some of our 230 members (with learning difficulties) may have been on the internet very few have regular access at home. We only have email addresses for half a dozen people. Of our 8 directors only 2 can be ...
This amazing and hilarious short film, written and directed by James Banks, turns deaf awareness training on its head, teaching us all how to deal with people who were unlucky enough to be born with sound sensitivity or in lay mans terms with hearing.
Stricter enforcement of the Equality Act, better education, and even boycotts of companies and websites are needed to secure better access for disabled people to information and communication technology, according to a leading expert.
Leonie Watson, director of accessibility at the digital agency Nomensa, told a parliamentary seminar – organised by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and the all-party parliamentary disability group – that many disabled people were still being “refused access to the digital world”.
Watson said there was a need to “educate young people in the ways of digital inclusion”, and to challenge producers of new technology “to do a better job”.
She said that more rigorous enforcement of the Equality Act “could make an incredible difference” to digital inclusion, but would probably require government funding.
Excellent blog on the transition to university with a learners perpective. "The transition from school/college to college/ university is a big step for everyone. For those with additional support needs, there are additional issues to consider, and supplementary steps required to take to ensure this process runs smoothly..."
Music apps on the iPad are not solely for the use of musicians. Learners of all ages and abilities can easily and quickly use ThumbJam to make interesting loops and build up rhythms and sounds either live or by recording and saving files. PMLD learners can use these apps for sensory and musical development.
Absolutely amazing motion capture technology - one of the most impressive devices I have seen for a long time. I am sure we will see a host of inclusion technologies developing on this. "Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It's more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen."
Existing human-computer interaction (HCI) literature suggests that OSNs have the potential to help people with cerebral palsy (cp) to overcome their mobility, access and communication limitations to enable communication independence [4, 5]. As conventional communication methods like face-to-face communication, telephone communication and text message communication are often difficult to use and can limit the opportunities for these users to engage in successful socialization [...]. Therefore people with cp often see online communication especially OSNs as an attractive alternative [5, 6]. In spite of this, there have been no studies that solely look at OSN experiences and challenges faced among users with cp. The goal of this research was to address this gap in the research to make this community visible.
This post shares 10 free and low-cost apps that may be especially helpful for individuals who find reading and/or writing challenging. I’ve written previously about some of these resources, but I thought it might be useful to put them together in one place, with information about the apps in point form.
The JLeRN experiment seeks to engage with the Learning Repository concept to share 'paradata' about learning resources - the information that makes the resource worth investigating and possibly adopting by the tutor/student e.g. reviews, comments etc. without having to download each and discover for yourself. We are interested in how the accessibility advantages can be circulated within this system.
"This time, rather than showing a tool or app, or even a use case, Terry presented a “problem environment”: to enable participants understand what accessibility requirements might be. "