Adaptech research network consists of a team of academics, students and consumers who conduct research involving college and university students with a variety of disabilities in Canada. Their goal is to provide empirically based information to assist and inform decision making that ensures that new policies and new information and communication technologies reflect the needs and concerns of a variety of stakeholders. Specifically their areas of focus are use and accessibility of information and communication technologies in postsecondary education, facilitators and barriers to academic success, and free or inexpensive software useful to students with various disabilities. The network’s website presents general information about the network and team, their research and related publications, and a database of free or inexpensive software and hardware for Windows, Mac, and Apple
Tips for creating an accessible website are presented. It advises to begin the project with accessibility in mind, to structure HTML properly and to preserve functionality for visitors using just a keyboard. In the working with visual content section, tips provided include: not depending on colour alone, not using CSS to convey critical information, offering alternative to audio and video content, using descriptive link text and using ARIA roles. Links are provided and additional resources listed.
UNICEF and its partners are driving an innovative solution called Accessible Digital Textbooks for All, to make textbooks available, affordable and accessible for children with disabilities in all contexts. By adding specific features to digital formats and following Universal Design for Learning principles, textbooks can be made accessible to students who are blind or have low vision, to those who are deaf or hard of hearing, and to those who have intellectual, developmental or learning disabilities, among others. The initiative brings writers, publishers, teachers, organizations of persons with disabilities, technologists and ministry of education representatives together to develop the guidelines needed to produce textbooks in accessible digital formats. They jointly set standards for features like narration, sign language, interactivity and the audio description of images.
UNICEF is currently piloting the Accessible Digital Textbooks for All Initiative in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Uruguay throughout 2019, 2020 and into 2021. The goal of the pilots is to test and validate the process of creating quality accessible digital textbooks with the ministries of education and different stakeholders using curriculum-based content, and to measure the learning outcomes for children with and without disabilities using them.
The NHS have produced an ‘easy on the i’ information design service within the Learning Disability Service at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. A repository of images has been created to help support the creation of easy to read documents.
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