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How Inclusive Design Works for Everyone

How Inclusive Design Works for Everyone

 Inclusive Design is the design and composition of an environment or product so it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.

Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging

Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging

Harvard Business School’s Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging (PTFIB) has almost completed its goal of building an inclusive campus.  But, before Drew Faust, President of the prestigious school, steps down at the end of this academic year, the PTFIB is asking the university community for further suggestions and recommendations.

Brock University Advancing Accessibility

Brock University Advancing Accessibility

Brock University located in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada took advantage of the recent summer break to improve accessibility by reconstructing walkways to make pedestrian routes barrier-free. The new sidewalks now have embedded textured plates which serve as an alert for people with visual impairments approaching a street crossing. This is one example of the many ways Canadian universities are creating more accessible campuses. B

Universal Design Benefits Post-Secondary Education

Universal Design Benefits Post-Secondary Education

Universal Design Instruction (UDI) is a scientifically based concept that emphasizes inclusive practices to maximize student success, including those with ranges in ability, disability, age, learning style, language, race and ethnicity. For post-secondary institutions, this not only means ensuring campuses meet certain criteria in accessibility, but also rearranging classroom seating so clear sightlines are available to all students. Additionally, institutions should provide materials in electronic formats as well as captioning and transcribing for video presentations.

Universal Online Learning

Universal Online Learning

Education is becoming more digital, with options for learning spanning more than just the classroom. Online courses have made perusing an education more attainable for many sectors of society, including those with disabilities. But, designing an online course means the instructor must ensure that as many students as possible can benefit from it.

Planning for Accessible Conferences Checklist

Planning for Accessible Conferences Checklist

‘The devil is in the details,’ this should be the motto of every conference planner.  And, the key to a successful meeting is to plan for the full participation and inclusion of every attendee. For conference participants with disabilities, inclusion means making every aspect of the event barrier-free so that they feel welcomed and valued.

Digital Accessibility Toolkit for Education Leaders

Digital Accessibility Toolkit for Education Leaders

The Center on Technology and Disability at American Institutes for Research, in partnership with the Consortium for School Networking, has created a toolkit for education leaders on the accessibility of digital technology used in schools in the United States. Digital Accessibility Toolkit: What Education Leaders Need to Know is designed to improve student learning by ensuring that technology is accessible to all students.

Inclusive Design Institute

Inclusive Design Institute

The Inclusive Design Institute (IDI) is a research hub based out of OCAD University (formerly the Ontario College of Art and Design). It also includes eight postsecondary partner institutions and collaborates with over 100 other organizations.

2016 Accessibility Conference

2016 Accessibility Conference

The University of Guelph’s 2016 Accessibility Conference will be held May 30 and 31, 2016, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The theme of the event is “In Letter and Spirit: Realizing the Vision of the AODA” (the AODA being the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act). The conference welcomes novices and experts in the area of accessibility.

Inspiring Inclusive Media and Design

Inspiring Inclusive Media and Design

The Inclusive Media and Design Centre at Ryerson University, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has a mission to design, create, and evaluate technologies to promote a more inclusive and accessible world. 

Facebook Tool to Help People Who Are Blind “See” Images

Facebook Tool to Help People Who Are Blind “See” Images

Currently, people who are blind can use a screen reader to listen to what people are writing on Facebook. In the early days of Facebook, that might have been enough, but Facebook has become a visual medium—a large proportion of posts are accompanied by images.