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Accessibility online - Sandra Boyd

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Accessibility online - Sandra Boyd

  1. 1. Accessibility online “The Web does not just connect machines, it connects people.” Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web, 2008 STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING
  2. 2. What does Accessibility Mean?• Equal opportunity and access to ICT• Useability of the web by everyone – focus is on people with disabilities• All students should be able to perceive, understand, navigate and interact with online material STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING
  3. 3. Benefits of online environment• Web removes barriers often faced in the real world• Assistive Technology software has greatly improved to allow access and interaction online STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING
  4. 4. How does Assistive Technology assiststudents? Example of JAWS STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING
  5. 5. Benefits of online environment• Depends on design of web content• Badly designed web content creates barriers that exclude people using the web STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING
  6. 6. Impact on CSU and Students Cost of Transcription 2011 $75, 445 STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING
  7. 7. Alternative Formats DE student who is deaf Learning material contains 102 podcasts & videos No transcription available Audio transcribers employed to complete transcriptions Total cost - $6,274 STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING
  8. 8. Impact on CSU and Students• Too much reading online and difficulties printing content• No transcripts or closed captioning for podcasts/vodcasts• Articles/documents not in text format Eg images in PDF format STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING
  9. 9. Impact on CSU and Students Timeliness of delivery of alternative format to students is a major issue.We are disadvantaging the students even morethan they are disadvantaged by their disability. STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING
  10. 10. Impact on CSU and Students Legal Requirements in Australia• Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and• Disability Standards for Education, 2005 STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING
  11. 11. Implement Inclusive PracticesExamples:• Web – use text format such as text PDF, Html, Word• Podcast – use a good microphone – include a transcript or closed captions STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING
  12. 12. Podcasts and Vodcasts STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING
  13. 13. Text vs Image PDFReading 1.pdf Chapter 6_Gravetter.pdf STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING
  14. 14. Text vs Image PDF No text found STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING
  15. 15. Text vs Image PDFReading 1.pdf Chapter 6_Gravetter.pdf STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING
  16. 16. Resources• W3C leads the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) http://www.w3.org/WAI/• Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING
  17. 17. Why Accessibility Matters• Communicate to as many people as possible• It’s user-friendly• Use of different devices• Improves Search Engine Optimization STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE, ACCESS & COUNSELLING

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