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accessible education

Digital Accessibility in Higher and Further Education Conference 2016

  • April 7, 2016
  • London, UK
  • Venue: BCS, 1st floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London

Computing Conference Offers Tangible Help to Disabled Students
Disabled students are often unable to utilise their IT skills either because they’re not able to use ‘conventional’ classroom facilities or because the online learning tools haven’t been designed or implemented correctly. This conference in London organised by the British Computer Society (BCS) aims to highlight some of the challenges and engage students, IT professionals and academics in providing recommendations and solutions.

Digital accessibility aims to match the needs of people with various disabilities in accessing online teaching resources. The objective of the conference is to enable current computing and IT students to reach their full potential by making sure materials are properly designed for students with disabilities. Sometimes, a minor change in a piece of software can make the difference between disabled students being unable to use it at all to them utilising the computer program to complete a piece of coursework unaided.

Conference delegates will pool thoughts on how to support students with disabilities to achieve their full potential. The focus here is on computing and information science and technology within higher and further education, although the problems encountered by students with disabilities are endemic across education. Delegates will share experience and produce recommendations for improvements/actions in two key areas:

  1. Best practice in providing accessible course materials
  2. Training the next generation of IT professionals in best practice for making IT systems truly accessible

For further details, please visit event website.