Safe Boarding for All: The Role of Digital and Physical Accessibility 

"A disability awareness handbook should be produced by any IT department on how to ensure that recordings have subtitles and how to activate and upload these videos onto both Moodle and Microsoft Teams."

 - Student Quote – AHEAD Learning from Home 2021 Research Participant

For learners, particularly those with disabilities, accessibility to learning environments and learning materials is central to their empowerment and their ability to engage in the learning process and reach their full potential. Failure to provide this accessibility creates barriers to inclusion, with consequences not only on the ability to learn but also on learners’ physical and mental wellbeing. Additionally, the Web Accessibility Directive (click for info) now places more legal responsibility on further and higher education providers to embed digital accessibility in their platforms and practices.

This conference theme explores research, initiatives and approaches to ensuring equal access for all students to learning opportunities and that contribute to a healthy, positive and fully rounded tertiary education experience for all learners. 

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Workshop Session (Live Only) 12:00-13:00

Workshop Session (Live Only) 12:00-13:00

Writing Good Alternative Text (Live Only)

  1. Alistair McNaught, Alistair McNaught Consultancy Ltd

Lightning Session (Live and Recorded) 14:00-15:00

Lightning Session (Live and Recorded) 14:00-15:00

Student Project on the wheelchair accessibility of university buildings

  1. Ellen van Veen, Dutch Expert Centre on Inclusive Education (ECIO) Renate Bosman, Universiteit Utrecht Denise Langreder, Universiteit Utrecht

TCDSense – The Trinity Sensory Processing Project

  1. Kieran Lewis, Senior Occupational Therapist, Trinity College Dublin Jessica Doyle, Trinity College Dublin Declan Treanor, Director Disability Service, Trinity College Dublin; Chair of DAWN

Inclusion in the DNA of CHARM-EU - strategies for inclusion of universities in the 21st century

  1. Agnes Sarolta Fazekas, Eötvös Loránd University Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Needs, Budapest, Hungary Derina Johnson, Trinity College Dublin

Blended learning – a new learning path for young people with intellectual disability

  1. Imelda Fitzpatrick, Blossom Ireland Maja Trninic, Blossom Ireland

Microsoft | Accessibility, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education

  1. Cathal O’Connor, Microsoft Ireland and part-time PhD student in UCD

Keynote Session (Live and Recorded) 15:30-16:30

Keynote Session (Live and Recorded) 15:30-16:30

Panel of Irish FET/HE Projects - Democratising wellbeing and accessibility supports

  1. Trevor Boland, Dublin City University Angela Stewart, Maynooth University Leah Kane, Maynooth University Treasa McGinley, Donegal ETB Dipankar Biswas, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board


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