October 18 2018 - 15:00
About the Event
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In July/August 2018, 57 organisations took part in a crowd sourced audit of publishers and platform providers. 141 people audited the websites of 58 publishers and 88 platform providers, providing 551 individual audits. The aim was to audit the accessibility information provided for their e-books/platforms and assess their content and practical usefulness for disabled students and those who support them. This webinar will present some of the key findings of the audit and explore both the implications and the opportunities for libraries.
Subject specialist – Accessibility
Alistair spent 20 years in teaching before accidentally changing career as a result of exploring the potential of technology to improve teaching, learning and accessibility. He was a senior adviser for the Jisc TechDis service from 2004 to 2015 where his teaching roots gave him a particular interest in supporting student independent learning. He got involved with e-book accessibility around 2008 and has since been a core member of the Publishers Association Accessibility Action Group, representing the needs of libraries and disabled students. Alistair is now working as a Jisc subject specialist in accessibility and has been responsible for coordinating the 2016 e-book accessibility audit and the 2018 Aspire audit of accessibility statements, supported by fantastic group of librarians, publishers and aggregators.
Participants will be able to:
- identify what makes a good accessibility statement and why it matters to your print-impaired students,
- understand the issues involved in finding the relevant information,
- recognise the detrimental impact on your service where suppliers provide poor information,
- obtain objective, factual data to strengthen your case in arguing for improved information from suppliers,
- understand how to provide your own learners with better guidance to support their accessibility independence.
Subject level and previous knowledge required
Introductory and non-intensive, no previous knowledge or experience required.
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