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Accessibility issues

I found these guidelines quite useful to bear in mind when creating online learning materials:

W3C – preliminary review of webpages http://www.w3.org/WAI/eval/preliminary.html

For people who are unable to move their arms:

Keyboard support is available in web browsers – users have to learn keyboard short cuts. Voice recognition software is available, but takes time to learn.

For people with visual impairments

Avoid using capital letters as these can be difficult for screen readers to read.

Clearly label hyperlinks – don’t use ‘click here’

For colour blindness – Use a good contrast of colours – add an asterisk next to colours

For people with hearing impairments

Transcripts should accompany podcasts. Videos should be subtitled.

US based Web Aim offers advice on testing accessibility here: http://webaim.org/intro/#intro

Try turning off images to see if the text is still available. I did this using Google Wave toolbar, which also has an automatic accessibility check function. I tried the British Embassy website, which showed up as having 2 accessibility problems.

I tried expanding the text and this seemed to work using ctrl +

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H810 – first post

Write notes for yourself or create an entry in your blog about your role and context in education and how they relate to accessibility and online learning. Describe what you would like to achieve from the module

I am a teacher of English as a Foreign Language. Although I have no direct experience of teaching learners with disabilities, I have to think about making learning accessible to students who may have problems with writing and spelling with a different alphabet. Arabic students, for example, need to get to grips with writing in a different direction. I am interested in making learning in English more accessible to non-native speakers of English in general. I like using multimedia such as podcasts and digital storytelling and I am keen to learn about accessible web design.

I have just been reading about the impact of the language used to describe disability. I was thinking about the league of gentlemen’s ‘Mr. Foot’, who feels uncomfortable around disabled people due to paranoia about political correctness. This related article looks interesting
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/disability-studies/archiveuk/Clark,%20Laurence/clarke%20on%20comedy.pdf

I have also been listening to this series from Radio 4, which gives an insight into the obstacles faced by people with disabilities http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lypw4