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Keeping you up to date with the news from Digital Accessibility.

Accessible Events 

This page shows the latest events around London.


Safety at UCL

UCL has signed up with safezone to protect students in and around campus. Safezone app alerts nearby security if there are problems.


UCL East - One Pool Street Opens!

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new Digital Accessibility Hub in Stratford on the first floor of the new campus building.

This is available for disabled Postgraduate students living on the campus who are registered with the Student Services and Wellbeing Team.

Reena Babu - Digital Accessibility Technologist will be in charge of the facility r.babu@ucl.ac.uk and she will be available there Tuesdays and Fridays.

Opening hours are 8am - 8pm  Monday to Friday.


UCL launches Gender Expression Fund


Academic Accessibility Case Study 

Film of Spela Godec talking about making an online course more accessible


UCL Digital Accessibility

Policy and Guidance

The Digital Accessibility Team in conjunction with UCL, have created a policy, and guidance to meet with the government's Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations 2018.

UCL Digital Accessibility Guidance.


Training

Digital Accessibility Team training for this term.

Inspiration mind mapping and Read and Write text to speech training

Creating accessible documents training

Wellbeing at the computer session

This covers how to set up your workstation and chair to best support you, and what to do if you have any problems with setup. No pre-learning is needed for this course.


Craft and Chat

Michele Farmer runs a weekly online craft and chat class for those who want to get into or back into art. 1-2 on a Wednesday. Dig out your old kits from the back of your cupboard, learn something new, or just come for a chat. Please email Michele at m.farmer@ucl.ac.uk for further information or to join the group.

lotus flower made in paper
embroidery on needle case
Beads made of paper by Michele Farmer

New Office 365 Accessibility Hub and Zoom Accessibility Pages

Microsoft and Zoom have many great accessibility features built into their applications. The Office 365 Accessibility portal collates the information available into one place. You can easily find help as a user with accessibility needs and as a creator of Office content.

The portal provides information on the accessibility tools available in:

  • Outlook
  • Teams
  • SharePoint
  • Word, Excel and PowerPoint

It explains clearly how to use them and where to find more help if needed. Features such as Immersive Reader are helpful for everyone when it comes to consuming content more easily. It pulls together other relevant general information to help you so that you don’t have to go hunting for it.

Creating Accessible Content explains how to create accessible content in each application. You can quickly navigate to the information you want. It’s a great place to find out how to make teaching and content more accessible with some simple steps. It also shows how to check that your content is accessible and who to talk to for advice. There are links to training and courses and accessible UCL templates.

The Resources page provides an easy way to find targeted further information within UCL and externally. For example, the Hemmingway App is a brilliant way to check how readable your content is. The WebAim site has a wealth of information and resources on web accessibility.

A link takes you straight to the UCL Zoom Accessibility Features page. This shows the accessibility options available and guides to using them. There are links to resources on running accessible events.


New Software to Make Maths Accessible!

After a successful bid by the Digital Accessibility Team, ISD purchased a 3 year licence for EquatIO. 

EquatIO gives students the opportunity to show their mastery in maths, in a way that best suits them. They can speak, draw or type problems and equations directly onto their device.

EquatIO helps to bring maths out of the pen and paper era. By moving to digital maths instruction, Equatio makes maths more accessible. Students with learning difficulties or visual impairments can hear their maths read aloud to them.

Students and educators can create and customise graphs with Equatio. Powered by Desmos graphing calculator, EquatIO helps students to visualise and explore a written equation.

EquatIO can be found on both student and staff desktops.

Introducing EquatIO - YouTube