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Chris BarberJISC Regional Support Centre for Yorkshire and Humberwww.jiscrsc.ac.uk/YH
What we’re going to be looking at• An overview of the legislation• The drivers for inclusivity• Tools and technologies for...
Context  Whoever is "not allowing" assistive technology had better  have a good alternative reasonable adjustment that is ...
The Law  Reasonable adjustments need to be made to ensure  disabled persons do not suffer substantial disadvantage.  ……….....
The Law  It is unlawful to discriminate against a disabled student  •In respect to student services provided or offered.  ...
Quick check Do you:-- •Ensure all your documents are fully accessible and provide these in alternative formats, if request...
Reasonable adjustments Depends on many factors:- •Cost and effectiveness •The nature of the institution, its size and reso...
Link to the above documentwww.jisclegal.ac.uk
Context  But….what are the real motivators for inclusion?  •Achievement and retention  •Desire to ensure that all students...
Scenarios Sarah has moderate visual impairment which means that she needs a magnifier to read documents and needs a simila...
Scenarios Paul has been diagnosed with mild autistic spectrum disorder (Asperger’s Syndrome) and wishes to study A level p...
Tools and Technologies for Inclusion  •   Sources of information       • Jisc TechDis – www.jisctechdis.ac.uk       • Jisc...
Technological fixes
QR Codes           http://www.qrstuff.com/           http://blog.dundee.ac.uk/ac
Scoop.it
Scoop.it
Converting text files to sound files                      http://robobraille.org/
Converting text files to sound files                                   http://robobraille.org/
Assistive Technology Blog         http://asstech.wordpress.com/
Assistive Technology Bloghttp://davefoord.wordpress.com/tag/accessibility/
Xerte
Xerte
Xerte        http://xerte5.techdis.palepurple.co.uk/
An overview of apps for inclusivity
Content      Pearltrees – www.pearltrees.com
Tablet Apps for Accessibility and           Inclusion            Kevin Hickey
Image Communication• Tobii SonoFlex• Free & paid for  versions  available• Wide range of  words/symbols• Use camera to  cr...
Image Communication Grid Player Uses grids from  The Grid 2 Comes with  some basic  symbol sets Works well with  addit...
Image communication                           MyChoicePad                           Makaton Symbols & sign                ...
Text To Speech• Predictable• Symbols, keyboard or  handwritten• Send messages to  facebook & twitter
Text to Speech              Verbally                 SpeakITIvona                      Pronunciation                      ...
Built-In Text to Speech• VoiceOver    Text-To-speech
Dictation/ speech totextDragon DictateSpeech to Text         iSpeech                       Dictation
Note taking with audio                                 AudioNoteSoundNote
Note taking/Storage   Dropbox                      BlueBoxEverNote
MindMaps                     iThoughtsMindJet    Cogimap
Skitch• Allows the user to annotate photos, sketches,  screenshots etc.• Useful for taking photos and asking questions• Qu...
•   Allows the user to use genuine MS    Office to create or edit documents•   Works with your DropBox account            ...
• Useful for capturing  ideas and writing notes  as they come to you• Organise your work  and export as  document or other...
• Reveals old photos near your current location                 • Overlays them onto your screen                 • You can...
Chris BarberJisc Regional Support Centre for      Yorkshire and Humber     support@rsc-yh.ac.uk        0113 343 1000     w...
The presentation is available from:      http://bit.ly/UgN16s
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Accessibility and Inclusion

  1. 1. Chris BarberJISC Regional Support Centre for Yorkshire and Humberwww.jiscrsc.ac.uk/YH
  2. 2. What we’re going to be looking at• An overview of the legislation• The drivers for inclusivity• Tools and technologies for being inclusive. (providing alternatives)http://inclusivity.rsc-yh.ac.uk/
  3. 3. Context Whoever is "not allowing" assistive technology had better have a good alternative reasonable adjustment that is acceptable to the learner otherwise they could find themselves attracting unwelcome publicity as well as a rather large settlement claim. Too many disabled learners still accept poor service and unacceptable barriers because they are not aware of the range of adjustments that could be made, the technologies that could be used or the procurement policies that ought to be in place to ensure that no organisation wide systems are purchased unless accessibility has been considered.
  4. 4. The Law Reasonable adjustments need to be made to ensure disabled persons do not suffer substantial disadvantage. ………..institutions need to be anticipatory and proactive in encouraging disabled persons to participate in the education provision and the various activities of each institution…..
  5. 5. The Law It is unlawful to discriminate against a disabled student •In respect to student services provided or offered. Student services has a broad meaning but will include teaching and learning, examinations and access to learning resources including digital resources and facilities.
  6. 6. Quick check Do you:-- •Ensure all your documents are fully accessible and provide these in alternative formats, if requested? • E.g. do you use style sheets in Word, speaker notes in PowerPoint, provide transcripts or a brief text summary of video material •Ensure all your information is accessible by portable devices 24/7? •Offer support to tutors to make their material accessible? •Offer support in examinations? Link to JiscTechdis •Make “reasonable adjustments”?
  7. 7. Reasonable adjustments Depends on many factors:- •Cost and effectiveness •The nature of the institution, its size and resources available •However…….cost must be balanced against rights and is not a defence in law, especially if a person suffers a “substantial disadvantage” - clearly open to interpretation. Link to JiscLegal So….the main consideration of this session is what constitutes a reasonable adjustment. Please feel free to comment at any time.
  8. 8. Link to the above documentwww.jisclegal.ac.uk
  9. 9. Context But….what are the real motivators for inclusion? •Achievement and retention •Desire to ensure that all students have the best learning experience •Personalised learning •Reputation •Care for the student •Fear of the law? Well….maybe but on a personal level, probably not.
  10. 10. Scenarios Sarah has moderate visual impairment which means that she needs a magnifier to read documents and needs a similar approach for reading material online. She recently arrived at the college from a school and wants to study on a Health and Social Care course. The school supplied her with a large and rather cumbersome magnifier which she did not bring with her. What are the issues and how would you potentially deal with them?
  11. 11. Scenarios Paul has been diagnosed with mild autistic spectrum disorder (Asperger’s Syndrome) and wishes to study A level physics and maths. His grades at school would allow him to do this. His academic performance overall at school was above average in his chosen subjects but he did not form friendships, except on a limited basis and is very much a “loner” What are the issues and how would you potentially deal with them?
  12. 12. Tools and Technologies for Inclusion • Sources of information • Jisc TechDis – www.jisctechdis.ac.uk • Jisc Legal – www.jisclegal.ac.uk • Jisc Infonet- www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk • Viewing resources • QR Codes • Scoop.It • Robobraille • Blogs etc • Xerte • Using mobile technology • Pearltrees • Apps • Built in accessibility features
  13. 13. Technological fixes
  14. 14. QR Codes http://www.qrstuff.com/ http://blog.dundee.ac.uk/ac
  15. 15. Scoop.it
  16. 16. Scoop.it
  17. 17. Converting text files to sound files http://robobraille.org/
  18. 18. Converting text files to sound files http://robobraille.org/
  19. 19. Assistive Technology Blog http://asstech.wordpress.com/
  20. 20. Assistive Technology Bloghttp://davefoord.wordpress.com/tag/accessibility/
  21. 21. Xerte
  22. 22. Xerte
  23. 23. Xerte http://xerte5.techdis.palepurple.co.uk/
  24. 24. An overview of apps for inclusivity
  25. 25. Content Pearltrees – www.pearltrees.com
  26. 26. Tablet Apps for Accessibility and Inclusion Kevin Hickey
  27. 27. Image Communication• Tobii SonoFlex• Free & paid for versions available• Wide range of words/symbols• Use camera to create own symbols
  28. 28. Image Communication Grid Player Uses grids from The Grid 2 Comes with some basic symbol sets Works well with additional speaker
  29. 29. Image communication MyChoicePad Makaton Symbols & sign language videos  TaptoTalk  Wide range of devices
  30. 30. Text To Speech• Predictable• Symbols, keyboard or handwritten• Send messages to facebook & twitter
  31. 31. Text to Speech Verbally SpeakITIvona Pronunciation Pro
  32. 32. Built-In Text to Speech• VoiceOver  Text-To-speech
  33. 33. Dictation/ speech totextDragon DictateSpeech to Text iSpeech Dictation
  34. 34. Note taking with audio AudioNoteSoundNote
  35. 35. Note taking/Storage Dropbox BlueBoxEverNote
  36. 36. MindMaps iThoughtsMindJet Cogimap
  37. 37. Skitch• Allows the user to annotate photos, sketches, screenshots etc.• Useful for taking photos and asking questions• Questions (e.g. where am I?) can be emailed to a tutor or sent via Twitter or Facebook.• Save in EverNote for viewing later – the same people have developed it
  38. 38. • Allows the user to use genuine MS Office to create or edit documents• Works with your DropBox account • View and edit PowerPoint slides• View virtually any type of file and send in true PP mode (not as a .pdf via e.mail emulation) • Automatically saves documents • View and edit documents on any device
  39. 39. • Useful for capturing ideas and writing notes as they come to you• Organise your work and export as document or other file• Useful for managing and structuring project work
  40. 40. • Reveals old photos near your current location • Overlays them onto your screen • You can add your photos using your iPhone camera• Explore the history of an area through your iPhone using the in built GPS
  41. 41. Chris BarberJisc Regional Support Centre for Yorkshire and Humber support@rsc-yh.ac.uk 0113 343 1000 www.jiscrsc.ac.uk/YH
  42. 42. The presentation is available from: http://bit.ly/UgN16s

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