Accessibility. Essential for some, better for all. Accessibility is about removing barriers to enable participation for all.
Within the University, disabled students may have an adjustment report. This details the impact of their disability on study. It recommends reasonable adjustments that will remove barriers and reduce this impact. Many of the recommended adjustments relate to accessibility. Having accessible teaching and assessment improves the learning experience for all. It can reduce the need for individual adjustments.
The videos referenced within this section are hosted on YouTube. They have closed captions and synchronised transcripts. To access the transcript within YouTube video, use the '...' option next to 'Share' and choose 'open transcript'.
The Social Model of Disability
The Social Model of Disability says that people are not disabled by their impairments or health conditions. Rather they're disabled by disabilist attitudes. And by organisational and physical barriers in society.
The social model of disability recognises that one-medium teaching and learning may not be effective for all people.
The following videos provide insight into the social model from three different groups:
- What is the social model of disability? (video 4.35)
- Scope - What is the social model of disability? (video 3.07) - prominent disabled people from the disability community explain the social model of disability, and why is it important to them?
- Social Model of Disability (video 1.59) - a university perspective
POUR, the 4 principles of accessible digital content
To be accessible, digital content should be:
The duty to provide reasonable adjustments is anticipatory.
We'll not know the requirements of all of our students. Some may complete all assignments through voice input. Others may need to use a screen reader or magnification software. And others may only be able to work in short bursts before taking a break. Accessible content enables all to access the content with no loss of information.
- JISC, Accessibility regulations: what you need to know: a comprehensive guide on the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018
- Equality Act 2010: guidance: information and guidance on the Equality Act 2010, including disability discrimination and public sector Equality Duty