International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Over one billion people, 15% of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Removing barriers to their participation creates a better world for all. December 3rd, marks the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities and this year’s theme centres around inclusion. The Equality Act 2010 asks us to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people. With this is in mind, the Educational Technology Team have put together a set of good practice principles that staff can factor into their Learning Space module design.

  1. Involve a diverse groups of learners in the design of your online module to provide feedback and advice and help you iterate.

  2. Provide multimedia alternatives to text; close captioned videos, audio and supportive visuals can break learning into chunks.

  3. Provide a contextual description for the files you upload. Your Learning Space is your voice guiding learners through the module.

  4. Test your content using some of the accessibility features of popular browsers and devices Chrome, Apple, Windows, Firefox, Android.

  5. Read More. JISC have a range of resources published around the areas of disability, accessibility and special educational needs

We’d encourage you to pick one or two of these and act on them to recognise today’s international effort.