Digital Content and Disability
10 January 2018, 1:00 pm–7:00 pm
Wilkins Building: registration and refreshments, South Cloisters; seminar, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
This afternoon seminar examined accessibility and usability issues in digital content, with a particular - but not exclusive - emphasis on learning-disabled people. Within this area, themes were centred around different hardware (mobile, laptop, e-book reader), media (web, e-book, apps), barriers to effective use and experts from various sectors explained initiatives attempting to address the differing access needs.
Partly in tandem with the astonishing rise in Smartphone technology and sales, the consumption of digital information has become an essential part of modern life. However, despite anti-discriminatory legislation and greater awareness of disabilities, much digital material is still not designed for easy access by people with all kinds of impairments. And technology - such as smaller screens and keyboards, and even the 'swipe' facility inherent in mobile technology - may add further layers of difficulty. This at a time when, for example, the population is getting older and dementia is on the rise. There are the joint challenges of creating original accessible content and that of adapting existing content to meet accessibility needs. This event attempted to explain current research and thinking on these issues as well as highlight the experiences of practitioners and others.
The event was aimed at content providers, publishers, educationalists, librarians, supporters of people with disabilities (whether professional or informal carers etc.), interface designers and interested academics. It was an opportunity to understand an increasingly significant issue, see how others have responded and work out how to better target and market products.
Programme and links to presentations (in Slideshare)
|13:00||Registration and Tea/Coffee||in the Cloisters|
|14.00||Welcome to UCL|
Introduction to the Seminar and Learning Disability Project
||Dr Pete Williams, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, UCL|
|14.20||Creating a communication platform for people with learning disabilities.||Philip Gibson, Project Manager, Camphill Village Trust|
|Creating original content to serve disabilities: methods, tools and practice.||Chair for First Session: Prof Barrie Gunter, University of Leicester|
|14.40||Visual Literacy practices of Young People with dyslexia in multimodal environments.||Dr Yvonne Vezzoli, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Learning and Communication Specialist @ Go Touch VR|
|15.20||Tea and cake|
|Adapting content for maximum accessibility: tools, methods and practice.||Chair for 2nd Session: John Akeroyd, UCL and CIBER Research|
|15.40||Format conversion of digital content||Tanja Stevns and Lars Christenson SensusAccess, Denmark|
|16.00||The Publisher Perspective||Emma House, Deputy CEO, Publishers Association|
|16.20||The Librarian Perspective||Teresa Pedroso, Disabilities Librarian, Bodleian Library|
|16.40||Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society||Ben Watson, Accessible Information Project Adviser, Kent University|
|17.30||Panel Session||chaired By Joint Chairs|
|18.00||Drinks in the Cloisters|