Posted by: MandyS | August 29, 2011

Topic 2 – First thoughts on accessibility

I found it informative listening to the perspectives of Ben, Joe & Cleo as they all have very different ‘needs’ to ensure inclusivity. Although the point is made in relation to Ben, I think it applies equally to all impairments – teaching strategies have to change to accommodate the impairment. As Shawn suggests, accessibility to online learning is about minimising barriers so that disabled students are able to interact & have the same opportunities as non-disabled students; ‘a level playing field’. A magnified screen only makes the information truly accessible if the student can interact with what is on it. Common sense maybe but it reinforces the point that disability is created by society and is society’s responsibility to resolve.

References:

FAME (undated) Video: Introduction to Web Accessibility & Assistive Technology Module [online], http://streamer.ohiolink.edu:8181/Fame/Quicktime/shawncc.mov

Making Your Teaching Inclusive (2006a) Recognising barriers: visual impairment [online] http://www.open.ac.uk/inclusiveteaching/pages/inclusive-teaching/recognising-barriers-visual-impairments.php (accessed 25 august 2011)

Making Your Teaching Inclusive (2006b) Recognising barriers: deafness [online], http://www.open.ac.uk/inclusiveteaching/pages/inclusive-teaching/recognising-barriers-deafness.php (accessed 25 august 2011)

Making Your Teaching Inclusive (2006c) Recognising barriers: specific learning difficulties [online], http://www.open.ac.uk/inclusiveteaching/pages/inclusive-teaching/recognising-barriers-specific-learning-difficulties.php (accessed 25 august 2011)

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