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Digital Accessibility Webinar Series

With the new EU Web Accessibility Directive coming down the track, this AHEAD member only webinar series will examine different areas of digital accessibility colleges need support and advice on, with the aim of giving college staff working in different roles across campus the information and skills to needed to improve the accessibility of the digital environment our students learn in – including everything from books, to the main web infrastructure to the documents shared everyday by teaching staff.

This webinar series is only available to staff in colleges/institutions who are members of AHEAD (includes colleges whose ETB are members). To see an updated list of AHEAD members, please click here.

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#3 – Web Accessibility Statements - using a legal requirement as a lever for cultural change

Alistair McNaught, Accessibility Consultant

Dr Abi James, AbilityNet

When: 14:30-15:30, Feb 20th 2020 – staff working in AHEAD Members Institutions Only (Most HEIs and Colleges in many ETB regions)

Aimed at: staff working in IT services, web design, disability support, student services, or related fields.

 About this Webinar

The EU Web Accessibility Directive (currently awaiting transposition into Irish Law) has two key tenets: (i) your online content will be required to meet accessibility standards and (ii) the extent to which you succeed or fail will need to be communicated in a transparent way via an Accessibility Statement. This applies to all publicly funded bodies and to any of their digital systems accessed through a browser. It includes websites, VLEs, library systems, Intranets, Apps etc.

Alistair McNaught and Abi James have significant experience supporting UK institutions in:

  • Understanding how to move towards technical compliance.
  • Using the legislation as an opportunity for institution-wide culture change,  

In this webinar, Alistair and Abi introduce the scope of the directive and explore what a good Accessibility Statement looks like. They will demonstrate how a good Accessibility Statement can be used strategically as a planning and prioritising tool to change institutional practice around digital accessibility.

Additionally, they will share their experience of common accessibility fails they’ve come across in their work with UK institutions and provide participants with a host of self-check accessibility materials aimed a range of different stakeholders with differing skill levels.

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Archived Webinars

Archived webinars are only available to AHEAD members. Please contact us for access.

#1 – Digital Accessibility and the ePub Revolution

Donal Rice, Senior ICT Advisor, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD)

Richard Orme, Chief Executive Officer, DAISY Consortium

When: 14:30-15:30, Nov 28th 2019 – staff working in AHEAD Members Institutions Only (Most HEIs and Colleges in many ETB regions)

Aimed at: staff working in library services, assistive technology, disability support, teaching and learning or related fields.

 About this Webinar

In this webinar, Donal Rice will explore the legislative responsibilities of education providers regarding digital accessibility and introduce the EU Web Accessibility Directive which is currently awaiting transposition into Irish Law.

Richard Orme of the DAISY consortium will then examine importance of reading in modern learning and show how modern technology has changed the way our students interact with textbooks. He will then discuss the evolution of the eBook and how ePubs offer huge opportunities to provide all of our learners – not just those with print disabilities - with flexible, accessible and dynamic reading experiences. Lastly Richard will take a look at what colleges can begin to do to improve the provision of digital, accessible reading materials on their campus.

#2 - Modern Digital Reading – Flexible and Accessible

Richard Orme, Chief Executive Officer, DAISY Consortium

James Northridge, UrAbility

When: 14:30 – 15:30, Jan 30th 2020 – staff working in AHEAD Members Institutions Only (Most HEIs and Colleges in many ETB regions)

Aimed at: staff working in library services, assistive technology, disability support, student services, learning support, teaching staff or related fields.

 About this Webinar

In Webinar #1 of AHEAD’s Digital Accessibility series, we looked at the evolution of digital publishing and it’s potential to revolutionise the reading experience for our learners. This follow-on webinar will ask the question – what does modern digital reading actually look like in practice and how does it support a learner’s ability to read, navigate and comprehend their course materials.

Richard Orme will provide an in-depth demonstration of the possibilities offered to learners when well-designed digital books meet accessible platforms and technologies.

James Northridge will look back on his experience of being a student with dyslexia at university and give insight into how digital reading was an enabling game changer for him.

Coming Later in 2020

Later in Autumn 2020, we'll be announcing details of two further Member's Webinars aimed at staff who deal with students every day focussed on:

#4 - Creating Accessible Documents

#5 - Using Accessible Communications

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