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With the September deadline approaching for compliance with the Public Sector Web Accessibility Regulations, there’s a flurry of activity as... >>
An opportunity for creativity and inclusivity: an entirely asynchronous online first-year history course
In this guest post, Miranda Melcher uses a detailed example from her own experience to demonstrate how a change in delivery model can be an... >>
This post was updated 13th July 2020 to include ‘Getting ready to take needs assessment online’ video and transcript. For students entitled to... >>
I provide strategic advice and guidance that helps members ensure their digital content is accessible to everyone.
My interests and experience also include assistive technology, needs assessment and inclusive strategies.
I manage a large accessibility community of practice that enables members to share challenges and solutions.
I’ve worked in inclusive education and assistive technology for over 20 years. My first role was creating accessible learning materials for school pupils with vision impairment and I remain enthusiastic about Braille and tactile diagrams to this day.
I moved on to teach IT and assistive technology skills to college students with vision impairment, while also having responsibility for creating accessible and alternative formats. At the BRITE Initiative (Beattie Resources for Inclusiveness in Technology and Education) I provided accredited training in assistive technology and inclusive practice to further and higher education professionals. I also supported a nationwide assistive technology loan bank.
When BRITE closed in 2015, I continued to deliver the graduate-level course developed there, known as the Professional Development Award in Inclusiveness, through College Development Network (CDN), with whom I also developed online professional learning courses in mental health, inclusive practice and positive behaviour strategies.
Prior to joining Jisc, I was student experience manager with remit for access and inclusion at Edinburgh College. I worked across the college to ensure access to assistive technology for all disabled students and managed the access centre, which provides a specialist needs assessment service to students from colleges and universities across Scotland who have applied for Disabled Students Allowance.
In 2020 I completed an MSc in Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice at the University of Edinburgh. My dissertation investigated the role of technology acceptance as an influence on young people's willingness to use digital mental health interventions. I am a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS).