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JISC TechDis free Online Accessibility Self Evaluation service

Mon 5th Jan, 2009

This month JISC TechDis are starting a 6-month programme of online accessibility self-evaluations. These are grouped around six role areas within universities and colleges (HE and FE), and each role will be covered twice between January and June 2009.

Growing out of a series of pilots and online discussions with Regional Support Centres JISC TechDis now have six role related online self evaluations suitable for a wide range of teaching institutions and learning providers. For each role, the self evaluations allow managers to explore the ways accessibility/inclusion can be integrated into mainstream teaching, learning and institutional processes.

The online self evaluations offer a very quick way of getting a measure of the extent to which good practice reasonable adjustments have permeated an organisation. Being role-focused it can give specific practical suggestions to the people with the responsibility and authority to make things happen.  Support includes a national programme (see below); a web space area describing the process and the purpose; and a sign up area for the national events.

Details of the Online Self Evaluation, including dates and themes  These are the dates for national events where you will be joined by colleagues serving in the same role in institutions across the country and across different sectors. For technical and support reasons they are limited to 25 places.

To take part you will need access to an Internet connected computer with an up to date version of the Macromedia Flash player installed. This is a free download which is installed on the majority of machines but you can check the suitability of your computer by visiting http://www.instantpresenter.com/system_test/default.asp and working through the test process (this takes less than a minute)