This session will run from 14:00 - 16:00
This online training session will look at the key considerations when developing assistive technology provision for your organisation.
Following our work with UK colleges and universities, we've explored student-facing digital platforms, gained feedback from users and learners and encountered examples of excellent practice. In this session, we'll provide guidance on how to carry out your own accessibility snapshots1 to establish a system for evaluating existing practice and identifying areas for improvement.
Why is assistive technology important?
Assistive technology is often approached as specialist provision for students with disabilities. This approach can have unintended consequences including:
- Reduced uptake - some students with disabilities may not want to appear to be “different”
- Increased dependency - disabled students may become over-reliant on a specific software tool and be unaware of alternative approaches
- Reduced return on investment - many students, beyond the target audience, can benefit from assistive technologies
As mainstream digital tools and platforms become more accessible, the line between assistive technology and productivity tools is increasingly blurred, yet many organisations are not yet capitalising on the benefits of mainstream accessibility.
Accessible information is now more important than ever, with new accessibility legislation applying to all publicly-funded further and higher education organisations since September 2018. The legislation means that digital assets must meet high and measurable standards of accessibility. In addition, content meeting these standards is interoperable with a wide range of assistive technologies, improving the return on investment further.
- 1 Part of our consultancy service on developing a digitally-inclusive organisation https://www.jisc.ac.uk/consultancy/developing-a-digitally-inclusive-orga...
Who should attend
This course will be of interest to:
- Disability teams
- IT and e-learning teams
- Library teams
- Study skills/academic support teams
- Quality assurance
Following this online session, delegates will be able to:
- Explore how effectively your assistive technology support is promoted
- Recognise mainstream assistive technology/productivity services already available
- Critique the guidance available to students with and without disabilities
- Evaluate the effectiveness of assistive technology advice in a range of institutional areas
- Identify tools to add value to your other investments such as the learning platform or e-book platforms.
- Recognise common issues and good practices identified from our accessibility snapshot service
- Identify ways to make assistive technology provision more seamless, inclusive and effective
Pricing and eligibility
Jisc members - £95 + VAT 1
Other organisations - £150 + VAT
This course can be adapted for single-institution delivery so you can have more control over timing and staff attendance. Email email@example.com for more information.
- 1 VAT is charged at 20% of the value of the service. If you are a member of Jisc’s VAT-exempt cost sharing group, and you are able to provide confirmation of the exact taxable/exempt use of the service, we will be able to reduce the amount of VAT chargeable to reflect the taxable business use proportion of the service only. This additional information is required as a result of a change to HMRC policy. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require more information.
For more information, email email@example.com or phone 01235 822242.