If you’re wondering where to start when talking
with staff about disability and accessibility issues, can I recommend
the following websites?
One of the best I’ve ever seen is:
‘This site contains a collection of computer based artifacts that
simulate aspects of disability. It is intended that the simulations will
be used for training and awareness raising activities with staff and
for teaching students in areas where an understanding of disability is
Unfortunately, there’s no contact name of the site or I’d
nominate him for an awareness raising award!
The DEMOS project ran from 2000 to March 2003 and was funded by the Higher
Education Funding Council for England under strand three of the initiative
'Improving Provision for Students with Disabilities'.
The project developed an online learning package aimed specifically
at academic staff and examined the issues faced by disabled students
This is an easy to use set of modules which looks at a range of disability
issues in HE but is relevant for us all.
It’s always good to start at the beginning with http://www.techdis.ac.uk/
‘ The JISC TechDis service aims to improve provision for
disabled staff and students in the further, higher and specialist education
through technology. Achieving this takes several routes. TechDis provides
an advice and information resource via extensive web-based databases
and an email helpdesk. These resources should be the first port of call
for anyone in education who has a question relating to disability and
The TechDis staff also pursue outreach into the community by
delivering presentations and facilitating workshops at cross-institutional
Staff development workshops are held monthly on a range of issues relating
to disability and technology in education. TechDis are also developing
standalone staff development resources on a range of themes to enable
particular issues to be discussed in more detail within institutions
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