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In the UK there are 11.2 million people with a registered disability. That includes 1.6 million who are registered blind, 1.5 million with cognitive difficulties, a further 3.4 million people who are otherwise IT disabled, and 6 million that have dyslexia. Their total spending power is now estimated at between £80-120 billion a year. An ageing population will push these figures ever higher, so good business sense suggests that this is a key market for any website.
What? Google’s AI glasses with heads-up display are a clear winner for users who can’t even see? Absolutely. Moreover they promise huge potential benefits for users with a range of other impairments too.
CKUK Friendly format is an accessible information service aimed at organisations who provide information for people with learning difficulties/learning disabilities. CKUK is a unique accessible information service.
Margaret McKay's insight:
Learn more about Common Knowledge, a fabulous resource for people with learning disabilities across the UK. Info, social networking, online magazines.
It's true! Amazon has updated its Kindle for iOS app with accessibility features for the blind--and it's an impressive offering. Here are all the details.
After playing around with the app, connecting my braille display and exploring tactilely and buying (more than) a few books to try out, I want to share some initial impressions and a general breakdown of what you can expect from the app.
Guidance from the voice of blind and partially sighted people in Europe.
Who should read this?
This publication is written for a broad audience since almost everyone creates documents, be it the minutes of a meeting, a leaflet for an upcoming event, a news item for the website or a questionnaire.
Everyone who creates documents contributes to the accessibility of the final product. We encourage to pick the sections that apply for your situation
For a college to be inclusive, students must have access to the tools they need for learning. For students with additional support needs this may be specialist software, or the ability to adjust settings in the operating system. This recording will be of interest to college IT technicians and others responsible for student access to IT. The recording outlines examples of software and settings students may need access to. We also set out colleges' responsibilities under the Equality Act and how technicians can support students and staff to fulfil these.
Margaret McKay's insight:
A great webinar recording from the BRITE Initiative providing advice and guidance for IT technical staff.
This case study is one of many examples of practice captured in the Jisc RSC Scotland Showcase where staff from FE and HE across Scotland have been kind enough to share their experiences of using technology to support learning, teaching and research.
In this case study Lorraine Cochrane describes the work she has been involved in using iPads and eBook creators with students with learning difficulties at South Lanarkshire College. Lorraine works with numerous groups on an outreach basis at day centres supported by the College. She was keen to incorporate the use of iPads and iOS apps into the work she was doing with learners as a way of making learning experiences more active and participative and in addition she was keen to incorporate technology that was mobile and could be used in different environments.