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    Online Accessibility Toolkit

    This Online Accessibility Toolkit was developed to support organisations with digital accessibility. The toolkit provides best-practice guidelines and easy-to-use checklists to support all public, private and for-purpose organisations to design with accessibility in mind. It was developed by the Office for Digital Government (a team within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, South Australian Government).

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    Universal Design for Learning to support nursing students: Experiences in the Field - Ireland

    Higher education institutions have an increasingly diverse student population and in response have developed a range of services to support students (HEFCE 2015). Therefore, there is increased pressure to embed most support within the general university provision. As a consequence, there is a resurgence of interest in the application of universal design principles in higher education to meet the needs of individual students (AHEAD 2017). As limited international literature is available about the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in nurse education; this paper will explore the application of these principles to support nursing students who have additional needs, in particular, in the practice setting. (2019)

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    Report: Evaluating the effectiveness of support interventions for dyslexic learners in multiple learning environments - NZ

    This report is a culmination of a two-year project to evaluate and report on interventions that work best for adult learners with dyslexia.

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    Embedding mental wellbeing in Australian regional universities: Equity interventions

    This paper outlines findings from a study of regional university students and mental health interventions that combined a desktop survey of web-based university resources and an integrative review of relevant literature. Our findings show that most Australian universities do not integrate their mental wellbeing support into the curriculum and that mental health professionals and educators typically work in silos. Consequently, universities only have limited success in addressing student wellbeing needs. We argue that there is a need to draw on best practice for embedding academic support as part of inclusive pedagogies and curricula, in order to extend these to include mental wellbeing support. (2018. Helen Scobie and Michelle Picard, The University of Newcastle)

  • Article

    Accessibility features built into MS Windows

    Microsoft Windows provides a range of inbuilt features that may benefit people with various disabilities.  In the attached document you will find a list of tools and a brief explanation of how to access them. 

  • Article

    UTAS: How to Split an Exam

    A Fact Sheet from the University of Tasmania to assist staff who are required to split examinations for specific students.

  • Video

    Word to pdf conversion

    This video shows how to convert a correctly structured MS Word file into an equally accessible PDF.  From Word's Save As dialog, we choose PDF as the file type.  Under Options we make sure that headings will be converted to PDF bookmarks.  Crucially, we also make sure that Tags for Accessibility is checked.  Having produced the PDF, we demonstrate how to use bookmarks.  The video concludes with a brief look at the Tags Tree, which provides the all-important structure for screen reader access. (Andrew Downie) 

  • Video

    Accessibility checker

    This video demonstrates how to use the Accessibility Checker built into MS Word and other MS Office products.  The document used for the demonstration includes some errors and we show how to correct them.  It is also noted that the Checker is not infallible.  It may not report all errors.  It may also flag what it sees as a potential problem when, in the current context, there is not a problem. (Andrew Downie)

  • Video

    Images

    In this video we discuss some of the accessibility issues involved when using images.  We show the correct method for inserting an image into MS Word and how to make the image meaningful to users of screen readers by adding alternative text.  It is stressed that the alternative text should be written in the context of surrounding text.  A demonstration of a screen reader presenting a page that includes an image that includes alternative text is included. (Andrew Downie)

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    Creating tables

    In this video we explain how to create tables that are accessible and when to use them.  A demonstration of a screen reader presenting information from a table IN MS Word is included.  This shows how modern screen readers handle tabular information very effectively.  It also illustrates Word's limited facilities for structuring tables and therefore the importance of keeping them as simple as possible in Word. (Andrew Downie)