All students deserve the right to study on the same basis as everyone else. The standard equipment that we use for study, such as the keyboard, can be adjusted. In our feature image, all the keys have red lights and some keys have raised features. The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Disability Standards for Education 2005 underpin the university’s mandate to take action by creating reasonable adjustments which support students with disability.
This week we’ll explore ways to ensure our digital content is universally accessible. Blackboard’s product Ally will also be introduced. This is being integrated in the Charles Darwin University Learning Management System (LMS) that is based on Blackboard Learn.
Keep reading in ‘More Detail’ below, then take a look at the activities under Try and finally, share your thoughts and comments using the prompts provided under Share.
We have a few activities for you this week. Try as many as you want.
- Have a go at using Google Docs voice recognition. Many of our students use this to type their assignments up using their voice.
- Read a PDF or word article using Natural Reader. This software allows you to read along while your document is read aloud.
- Turn on the in-built screen reader on your computer and use it to read the rest of this page
- Try Funkify – A Disability simulator using Google Chrome. This is an interesting and insightful tool.
References and Readings
ADCET (Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training: https://www.adcet.edu.au/inclusive-technology/
Join the Blackboard Ally User group: https://usergroup.ally.ac/dashboard
Learn more about the Disability Standards for Education with this free professional development course: https://www.nccd.edu.au/professional-learning/disability-standards-education-education-leaders
Accessible Documents: https://www.adcet.edu.au/inclusive-teaching/accessible-documents/
Thing 22 written by Gabrielle Mullen and Candice Smyth