Access & Technology in the Global Higher Ed Scene
Campuses and organizations around the globe are rethinking access through the lens of technology. Take this trip with us and explore new and innovative ways of widening access through the integration of technology.
Here are some remarkable initiatives and resources:
Accessible Icon Project
Check out how the Accessible Icon Project is changing the international symbol of access from a passive symbol to an active one here. If you are planning a trip to New York check out the Museum of Modern Art, it is showcasing the new icon as part of an exhibit named “ A Collection of Ideas.”
Creating a webpage? Try using Wave , a web accessibility evaluation tool. Simply copy and paste the URL where indicated and hit enter.
Talking Radical Radio
Have you heard about Accessibilize Montreal? Learn more about this grassroots group that is challenging ableism in the city by checking out their Facebook page. You can also listen to an episode of Talking Radical Radio which interviews Paul Tsuma and Aimee Louw.
ADAPTECH Research Network
Accessible software programs can be expensive. ADAPTECH Research Network provides a list of free and inexpensive software on their website, and well as helpful videos.
CRIPSESH (Centre de recherche pour l’inclusion scolaire et professionnelle des étudiants en situation de handicap/ Research center for educational and professional inclusion of students with disabilities) is a fantastic group whose mission is to promote social practices that create accessible environments in schools and in the work environment. They provide a number of services including:
- Social and pedalogical innovation.
- Strategies facilitating academic, social and professional inclusion.
- Customized training.
CaptionTube is a free and easy to use site that allows you to create captions for your YouTube videos. You can create and edit closed captions in multiple languages.
DisabilityScoop provides daily coverage of issues surrounding developmental disabilities. Several of their stories are cited in national media such as USA Today and WashingtonPost.com.
AI Media is an Australian and UK-based speech-to-text technology innovator dedicated to ending the experience of social, educational and vocational exclusion faced by people through inclusive technology.
The Digital Classroom
The Digital Classroom book and video series is a fast, easy way to learn design technologies and software tools for web, interactive, mobile and print.
Skype in the Classroom
Skype in the classroom is a free global community of teachers who are working together to create inspiring Skype lessons. Email or Direct Message them anytime with your feedback.
School in the Cloud
Check out School in the Cloud. Anyone can create a Self-Organized Learning Environment (SOLE) – spark curiosity in students by asking them to explore a 'big' question using the Internet and their ability to work together. Learning happens spontaneously in these purposefully chaotic environments.
Media Access Australia
See the great work being done by Media Access Australia. This is Australia’s only independent not-for-profit organisation devoted to increasing access to media for people with disabilities.
Check out Adobe Accessibility to learn how to create engaging experiences for all users. Adobe is an industry leader in accessibility and supports the creation of outstanding web experiences by encouraging developers to produce rich, engaging content that is accessible to all.
Browse Aloud boosts digital inclusion & enhances web accessibility by adding speech & reading support tools to websites.
Accessibil-IT is dedicated to document accessibility by converting your documents and presentations into accessible PDFs.
The Michelson Twenty Million Minds
Check out the work being done by The Michelson Twenty Million Minds. We believe the status quo is ridden with unnecessary barriers for struggling students. Our priority is to identify and scale innovative solutions that promote, support, and build-upon best practices to improve student opportunities and outcomes.
Ability Net is a UK charity with a global reach, offering expert information and services on technology and disability.
Accessible Insights produces great products and information for living with low or no vision.
CSUN Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference
This annual conference put on by California State University, Northridge (CSUN), is a great event that showcases both new technologies and the work being done by professionals in the field. You can see a full list pf everyone who participated in this years event by checking out this CSUN wrap up.