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    Accessibility of learning resources: a proactive approach to providing equitable access for students with disability - Ms Jacqui Limberger, Flexible Learning and Access Services

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      Managing diversity in assessment - Dr Linda Conrad, Griffith Institute for Higher Education and Ms Judy Hartley, Student Services

Specific Faculty/Element Initiatives

  • Flexible Learning Services’ Accessibility Initiative – The aim of this initiative was to ensure that the design and development of Griffith University's flexible learning products and services would meet the needs of target equity groups, namely, students with disabilities - http://www.griffith.edu.au//ins/webdev/accessibility/

  • Digitisation Project - This collaborative project between the Disabilities Service and staff in Information Services aims to develop guidelines, procedures and resources to assist academics and students as well as staff from the University Digitisation and Distribution Team to ensure that digitised learning materials are accessible to students with print disabilities.

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      During 2005 a Benchmarking Project was undertaken to identify what was happening throughout higher education in relation to the digitisation of learning resources and the development of digital repositories.

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        A Technical Report was completed in December 2005 that outlined the technical issues that need to be addressed as the University develops an implementation strategy that will ensure that students with disabilities, particularly those with print disabilities, will be able to access digitized materials.

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        The original project group has been extended to include other key internal stakeholders and is now the Electronic Document Accessibility Working Party.

  • Technology Accessibility – This project has been initiated by the Council of Australian Universities’ Directors of Information technology. The purpose of this project is to ascertain, the current assistive technology practices in the University sector, through web researches and surveying Australian Universities. This will include: the provision of services to students and staff with a disability; identifying the most commonly used and requested assistive technologies; investigate opportunities for collaborative purchasing of assistive technologies; and establish a network of interested University staff to share knowledge and collaborate on solutions.

  • Centralised coordination of alternative examination arrangements for students with disabilities for mid semester as well as end of semester exams

  • Information Services Draft Information Resources Management Policy

  • Information Services – Web Collection Enhancement Project – Draft Griffith Standard for Electronically-delivered PDFs

  • Information Services – off-air copying equipment upgraded in 2004 so that all off-air copying includes captions (if broadcast with captions). (Note: because we cannot copy off-air to DVD and retain captions, if people want DVD versions of a program it is recorded first to video to record captions and then a DVD with captions is produced.)

  • Information Services – In 2003 an Equipment Replacement Plan was introduced for the Assistive Technology Centres. As a result all PCs, scanners and laser printers were updated in 2003-4 and are now replaced on a rolling replacement schedule.

Griffith University Disability Action Plan: Final


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