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Live Keynote 3

Are We There Yet?… The Long Journey to Accessible Learning Experiences

Duration: 1 Hour, beginning at 15.00 

Platform: Zoom

It is 22 years since the first Web Content Accessibility Guidelines were published. In that time digital delivery has moved from being niched to being mainstream. The potential of technology to support disabled learners has grown - a potential that is easily undermined by inaccessible content or systems. 

This session will explore the legal responsibilities for further and higher education institutions arising from the recently transposed Web Accessibility Directive. 

It will unpack the paradigm shift from traditional support models and consider the difference between compliance and accessibility maturity. The new legal requirements can create meaningful change to accessibility practices across the institution which benefit staff and students alike as well as increasing organisational efficiencies and return on investment. 

Donal Rice of the National Disability Authority, the state body designed to monitor compliance with the directive, will introduce the legislation, clarify what is covered and talk about the role and approach of the monitoring body. Alistair McNaught will share lessons learned from his work supporting many further and higher education institutions in the UK to work towards accessibility maturity, highlighting who needs to be involved and how to get started on the journey. 

Dónal Rice

Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, National Disability Authority

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Alistair McNaught

Alistair McNaught Consultancy Ltd

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