Thursday 7 April 2016
10.00am - 4.30pm
BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps
BCS Members: £60.00, Non-members: £84.00, Concession (Students & Over 60s): £30.00 (Please select 'Yes' to the 'Are you a full time student?' question, during your booking.)
Please register by midnight Wednesday 6 April 2016, a limited number of places are currently available - please enquire.
Disabled students are often unable to utilise their IT skills either because they’re not able to use ‘conventional’ classroom facilities or because the online learning tools haven’t been designed or implemented correctly.
A major conference in London organised by the British Computer Society (BCS) in April aims to highlight some of the challenges and engage students, IT professionals and academics in providing recommendations and solutions.
Associate Professor at Middlesex University, Gill Whitney, explained: “Too often the individual support for disabled students at college or university is likely to be a jigsaw of fragmented pieces”.
“As an academic, I know that most years I have four or five students with visible and hidden disabilities, I remember working with a mature student in his first year work with Disability Support Services to bring the right pieces together. He was able to complete his first year successfully”.
Digital accessibility aims to match the needs of people with various disabilities in accessing online teaching resources. The objective of the conference is to enable current computing and IT students to reach their full potential by making sure materials are properly designed for students with disabilities. Sometimes, a minor change in a piece of software can make the difference between disabled students being unable to use it at all to them utilising the computer program to complete a piece of coursework unaided.
*Conference delegates will pool thoughts on how to support students with disabilities to achieve their full potential. The focus here is on computing and information science and technology within higher and further education, although the problems encountered by students with disabilities are endemic across education. Delegates will share experience and produce recommendations for improvements/actions in two key areas:
What Happens Next? - Peter Olaf Looms (Podcast)
For more information
Gill Whitney, G.Whitney@mdx.ac.uk Conference convener
David Rippon, firstname.lastname@example.org Chair BCS Digital Accessibility Specialist Group
*The conference qualifies for Continuous Professional Development (CPD).