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    Access to Graphics in Higher Education

    “Improving vision impaired student’s access to graphics in higher education”  investigates the level and type of access that vision impaired students gain to graphic components of their study materials in higher education in Australia, to uncover any barriers to access and inclusion, and to offer strategies and resources to enable improved access to graphics for blind and vision impaired students. The project consisted of three major stages:

    • Data-gathering: What access do vision impaired students currently have to graphics in higher education? What are the barriers to access? The questions were explored through a national online survey of 72 vision impaired students in higher education, along with 41 semi-structured interviews with students, their disability advisors, academics and accessible formats producers.
    • Pilot studies: Working closely with vision impaired students and associated staff to trial processes and technologies over three semesters in 2015 and 2016.
    • Synthesis: All study participants were invited to a full day workshop at which they developed and refined a set of model principles for improving vision impaired students’ access to graphics in higher education.

    The results of stages 1 and 2 are reported in “Understanding the graphical challenges faced by vision-impaired students in Australian universities”, Higher Education Research & Development, May 2016.

     

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    Book: Teaching University Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Drawing on the latest research, this book offers practical strategies for supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in tertiary education. By looking at common issues faced by students with ASD, teaching and support staff will better understand how to help students develop vital skills needed for academic success (Kimberley McMahon-Coleman and Kim Draisma)

     

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    Dyslexia Resource Guide

    This resource aims to assist practitioners working in Disability Services within the tertiary sector who are responsible for planning and implementing reasonable adjustments for students with dyslexia, including assistive technology. The resource also provides a legislative framework, information about dyslexia and reasonable adjustments, case studies and further information and resources. The resource was developed by NDCO Program for Region 11 and 13 in partnership with IMVC and consultant Martin Kelly.

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    Webinar: Opening All Options - Learning Disability Resource. Update and relaunch

    This webinar was hosted by ADCET and the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND)  in September, 2016. The presenters, Julie Fry and Jo Webber provide an overview of the updated Opening All Options (OAO) Learning Disability Resource

    Download: Transcript
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    Assistive Technology: All Things Ergo

    All Things Ergo is a great information source  that describes features of different ergonomic keyboards and mice as well as offering product reviews.

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    Assistive Technology: Control your PC with your smartphone

    There are a range of apps which can be used on smartphones to control various programs on a computer. For example a student could control a video or audio playback from their computer, while laying down and using their smartphone.

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    Assistive Technolgy: KNFB Reader

    The KNFB Reader is a print to speech application that runs on iOS or Android mobile device. The app enables the camera to take pictures of printed material, rapidly convert the images into text, and read the text aloud using high quality text-to-speech, TTS. Recognized text may also be read using a connected Braille display.  On iOS, the KNFB Reader app will function with all Braille displays supported by VoiceOver on iOS.

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    Assistive Technology: Kurzweil 1000

    Kurzweil 1000 is an advanced reading tool for people who are blind or severely visually impaired.

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    Freedomscientific: PEARL camera with OpenBook software package

    Scanning and Reading Software: OpenBook converts printed documents or graphic-based text into an electronic text format on your PC, using high-quality speech and the latest optical character recognition (OCR) technology. OpenBook is software designed to enhance success for people who are blind or have low vision who need access to printed and electronic materials.

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    Implementing a Peer Mentoring Program for University Students on the Autism Spectrum

    This project has developed, implemented and evaluated a peer mentoring program for young adults on the autism spectrum in higher education. A range of resources are available for universities across Australia to implement their own peer mentoring program.

    Available for download:
    Executive Summary: Autism CRC Peer Mentoring Program Evaluation - Executive Summary; Coordinator Manual
    Specialist Mentor Toolkit; Mentee Information Booklet; Mentor Training Presentation Slides; and, Mentoring Module, Forms, Samples and Templates.