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(A7) New Universal Design Approaches And Technologies For Web Accessibility

Presenter: Steve Barclay, Aroga Technologies

Abstract: The goal of this session is to arm educational institutions with practical steps they can take to implement more universal design strategies and technologies. Though this is intended as a general discussion on universal and inclusive design, we will draw primarily from examples related to web accessibility. Our presentation is structured around 3 questions:

  1. What is the potential for universal and inclusive design in post-secondary education?
  2. What are the most commonly observed barriers that prevent more widespread use of universal design principles?
  3. What specific steps can educational institutions take to include more universal design in their education delivery?

This session will be delivered in a lecture / presentation style, with multiple opportunities for group participation.  We will address the questions above with input from the audience, with theoretical frameworks, and with case studies and examples from our own experience. 

Audience: student services staff, IT specialists and programmers, web developers and designers

Learning Objectives:

  • to develop a broader conception of universal design and its applicability within PSE
  • to identify strategies for overcoming common barriers to universal design implementation
  • to identify useful tools for developers and designers

Biography: Steve Barclay is the Co-Owner and Chief Operating Officer of Aroga Technologies, Canada's largest distributor of assistive technology.  He has been involved in the AT industry for 25 years in areas such as low vision and blindness, augmentative communication, learning disabilities and physical disabilities and is one of the most respected voices in the Canadian AT industry.  He has presented at conferences, trade shows, K-12 and post-secondary education facilities across the country.

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Updated December 16, 2015 by Student & Academic Services