Assistive Technologies & Accessibility E-MAGINARIUM NT Friday 9th December 2011
Program overview The National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO)Program uses an Australian –wide network of 31 officers to provide information, coordination and referralservices for people with a disability who are looking for (or enrolled in) post-school education and training, to help them gain employment
NDCOs provide…• Information, coordination and referral activities for people with a disability• Assist local education providers to provide better services for people with a disability• Link individuals and organisations to local support services• Raise awareness amongst education providers and the general public of the issues facing people with a disability
What does Accessibility really mean?
Definition of disability• Physical (paraplegia, mobility impairment, back injury)• Sensory (Sight, hearing)• Chronic Medical Conditions (MS, Diabetes) & Chronic Pain (Juvenile arthritis, back injury)• Writing Impairments (RSI, Broken Arm)• Intellectual ( Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome)• Learning Disability (Dyslexia, Written expression,Mathematics disorder )• Communication (verbal & non verbal)• Pervasive Developmental Disorder (Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome)• Psychiatric / Psychological• Past, present & future disabilities
Disability is not so much an attribute of the individual as of the social and physical environment in which he or she lives. The nature of the disability experienced by the individual can be moderated when environments and practices are designed to be inclusive.
Assistive TechnologyDevelopments in Assistive Technology have significantly improved opportunities for access to information and education for people with disability.
Assistive TechnologyDefinition Assistive Technology (AT) is an umbrella term that includes devices, tools, hardware & software. AT promotes greater independence and enable people with disability to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.
JAWS Screen Reader - Hear an Example Experience how a JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reader works on the home page of the Handbook for Museums and Educators.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK97XMibEws&feature=rel ated
Our Legislative ResponsibilitiesLegislation GuidelinesCommonwealth Legislation Web content Accessibility Guidelines (W3R)• Disability Discrimination Act 1992 Weblink: – Disability Standards for http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/ Education 2005Territory Legislation• NT Anti-Discrimination Act 1992 Australian Flexible Learning Framework: Universal Design Weblink: Http://pre2005.flexiblelearning.net.au/g uides/universal.html
Looking at the J K Rowling website with the Jaws screen reader The J K Rowling website is created using Flash, and has a standard and an accessible version. This video shows how the two versions differ for blind users using the Jaws screen reading software.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1xxAgVat64&feature=relate d
Assistive FreewareThere is an increasing availability of good quality free assistive technology software available. EduApps:- Http://www.eduapps.org/- Free, portable programs- Includes free Text to Speech program Balabolka- Each receive a copy of AccessApps program (downloaded from this website)today on USBs provided
Points to consider• Each student’s needs are different and should be individually evaluated to ensure successful outcomes.• The merging of AT –features useful for a wider audience not just people with disability• There is no ‘wonder tool’ –rather a toolbox is needed
ContactFor InformationContact: National Disability Coordination Officer - NT Narelle Higginson firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: (08) 89466288