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The Guidelines for Accessible Information have been developed by the ICT for Information Accessibility in Learning (ICT4IAL) project, which is a multi-disciplinary network of European and international partners that represent both learning and ICT communities.

The Guidelines are an open educational resource to support the creation of accessible information in general and for learning in particular. The Guidelines do not aim to contain all available information on accessibility or cover every aspect of the field, but to summarise and link to existing and useful resources which can be helpful for non-information and communications technologies experts.

The Guidelines for Accessible Information have been developed by the ICT for Information Accessibility in Learning (ICT4IAL) project, which is a multi-disciplinary network of European and international partners that represent both learning and ICT communities.

The Guidelines are an open educational resource to support the creation of accessible information in general and for learning in particular. The Guidelines do not aim to contain all available information on accessibility or cover every aspect of the field, but to summarise and link to existing and useful resources which can be helpful for non-information and communications technologies experts.

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  1. 1. Guidelines for Accessible Information
  2. 2. What is accessible information? ● Accessible information is understood as information provided in formats that allow every user and learner to access content ‘on an equal basis with others’ (UNCRPD). ● Accessible information is ideally information that: – allows all users and learners to easily orient themselves within the content, and – can be effectively perceived and understood by different perception channels, such as using eyes and/or ears and/or fingers
  3. 3. Why is accessibility of information important? All educational organisations must make their information accessible for everyone. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a key driving force for change in the area. The Convention emphasises: ● the obligation to ‘provide accessible information to persons with disabilities’ (Art.4) ● the need for ‘the design, development, production and distribution of accessible ICT’ (Art.9) ● the right to education ‘without discrimination and on the basis of equal opportunity’ for persons with disabilities (Art.24)
  4. 4. Why is accessibility of information important? ● Everyone and every organisation or institution which provides information for education must consider these issues in differing ways within their work ● The ability to access relevant information for and about education is a crucial prerequisite for learning. If learners have restricted access to information, this limits their learning opportunities. Stakeholders in the field of lifelong learning must take steps to remove barriers ● Fostering accessibility is our obligation and we should all work towards becoming models of accessibility
  5. 5. The ICT for Information Accessibility in Learning (ICT4IAL) project ● Project activities ran between 2013 and 2015 ● Building on the results of the Accessible Information Provision for Lifelong Learning (i-access) project to foster accessibility of information in learning ● Funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Transversal Programme, Key Activity 3: Information and Communication Technologies
  6. 6. Project partners The ICT4IAL project is a multi-disciplinary network of European and international partners that represent both learning and ICT communities: 1. European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education 2. DAISY 3. European Schoolnet 4. Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs 5. International Association of Universities 6. UNESCO
  7. 7. Project aims ● To raise awareness and increase the visibility of the issue of accessible information provision and its relevance for equitable lifelong learning opportunities ● To support accessible information provision within organisations through the development, trialling and evaluation of guidelines that build upon already existing work in the field.
  8. 8. Project objectives 1. Knowledge exchange and networking 2. Developing and trialing of practical guidelines 3. Reflection and evaluation upon implementation 4. Validation of guidelines 5. Dissemination and exploitation of results (see report)
  9. 9. The Guidelines for Accessible Information ● Available in html format and for download in 25 languages (.doc, .pdf formats) at www.ict4ial.eu/guidelines-accessible-information ● An open educational resource (OER) ● Aim to support the creation of accessible information in general and for learning in particular ● Summarise and link to existing and useful resources which can be helpful for non-ICT experts
  10. 10. The aim of the Guidelines ● To support the work of practitioners and organisations working in the field of education to provide accessible information to all learners who require and will benefit from more accessible information. This includes information providers such as: – school staff & university staff – librarians – communication officers – publishers – support groups and non-governmental organisations ● To support all individuals and organisations who want to provide information that is accessible in different formats
  11. 11. The scope of the Guidelines ● The general steps to achieve accessible information are universal. Therefore the Guidelines apply to information in general and to information for learning in particular. ● The Guidelines aim to be content and context free, but offer concrete examples of how they can be applied to different learning situations. ● The use of assistive devices complements the practice of providing accessible information.
  12. 12. How to use the Guidelines? The Guidelines build on two steps for action: ● Step 1 describes how to create accessible information via text, images, audio and video ● Step 2 considers how media can be made accessible – for example, electronic documents, online sources or printed material These two steps build upon each other. By following the Guidelines in Step 1 to make different types of information accessible, Step 2 becomes easier as already accessible information is available to be used within the different media.
  13. 13. How to use the Guidelines? For each step, the Guidelines provide: ● Recommendations on how different types of information can be made accessible ● A list of resources available to support this process categorised into: – ‘easy’: actions which can be completed with a general knowledge of common software programmes – ‘advanced’: actions which can be completed with an in-depth knowledge of common software programmes, and – ‘professional’ levels: actions which can be completed with a more professional knowledge of software and general knowledge of programming
  14. 14. Making your organisation’s information accessible ● A report which builds on lessons learned during the trialling of the Guidelines in three partner organisations ● It contains recommendations for organisations that wish to provide accessible information in the education sector in particular, but also more widely, as the processes are universal ● It can be used in conjunction with the Guidelines ● Contains a model of how your organisation could take a strategic approach to provide more accessible information ● Available in 23 languages http://ict4ial.eu/download- making-your-organisations-information-accessible-for- all
  15. 15. Recommendations from the report 1. Include an accessibility statement in the organisation’s long term strategy 2. Develop a strategy or plan for implementing accessible information 3. Make someone responsible for implementing the information accessibility plan and provide them with the required resources 4. Plan an incremental implementation – be ambitious and modest at the same time 5. Embed accessibility into your information production and dissemination processes 6. Provide information, education and training on accessibility for all staff 7. When outsourcing information production, make sure accessibility requirements are addressed and undergo a quality check
  16. 16. Get involved! ● Register on the www.ict4ial.eu website ● Add comments on the Guidelines for Accessible Information ● Share resources and your experiences via the website ● Download the Guidelines flyer for more information in 23 languages
  17. 17. For more information Visit www.ict4ial.eu or contact European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education Østre Stationsvej 33 DK-5000 Odense C Denmark secretariat@european-agency.org www.european-agency.org This project has been funded with support from the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union. This presentation reflects the views only of the author, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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