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Facilities for Users with Disabilities. OUCS Lecture Rooms and Help Centre. Session Outline. Facilities at OUCS Talk Practical Accessible Web sites Video “Web Sites that Work” Talk about accessible web sites Questions. OUCS.

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facilities for users with disabilities

Facilities for Users with Disabilities

OUCS Lecture Rooms and

Help Centre

session outline
Session Outline
  • Facilities at OUCS
    • Talk
    • Practical
  • Accessible Web sites
    • Video “Web Sites that Work”
    • Talk about accessible web sites
    • Questions
  • Initial project (2000/1) to improve access to IT, particularly training (lecture rooms and Learning and Resource Centre) for users with disabilities
  • Close liaison with University Disability Office
  • Funded jointly by OUCS and Central Disabilities fund (matched funding)
current situation
Current Situation
  • Equipment for a range of disabilities
  • Help Centre has now replaced LaRC (new location and managers)
  • Most equipment is PC based as this is main platform in lecture rooms and Help Centre.
  • Other platforms will be considered in due course
hardware help centre
Hardware (Help Centre)
  • Large Monitor (21”)
  • LCD Monitor
  • Monitors can also be used in lecture rooms
  • Scanners
standard software
Standard Software
  • Windows has some built in accessibility features which allow various settings to be changed e.g.
    • Keyboard
    • Sound
    • Display
    • Mouse
standard software1
Standard Software
  • Word - features such as the spell checker also useful
  • Touch Typing (Accutype) software available in the Help Centre
assistive software help centre
Assistive Software (Help Centre)
  • Magic - magnifies screen in Windows applications
  • Jaws - reads Windows screen, Internet access
  • Kurzweill 3000 - scans texts and reads back
  • Text Help - helps construct words and sentences, real time spell checker and screen reader
  • Alternative Mice and other pointing devices
  • Alternative Keyboards
  • Height Adjustable Desks
    • Available in all lecture rooms and Help Centre
  • Adjustable Chairs
    • Available in all lecture rooms and Help Centre
ergonomic accessories
Ergonomic Accessories
  • Wrist rests
  • Foot rests
  • Document holders
induction loop
Induction Loop
  • Lecture Room A
  • Device that helps a hearing aid user to hear particular sounds more clearly. It does this by reducing or cutting out background noise
  • Consists of an amplifier connected to a microphone and a length of wire formed into a loop.
using the equipment
Using the equipment
  • For lecture rooms users are asked to let us know in advance by contacting:
    • enable@oucs.ox.ac.uk
    • 73206
  • Keyboards, mice, peripherals can be set up on demand
  • Booking system for scanners, monitors and software in Help Centre
accessible materials
Accessible Materials
  • Provide information and course notes in alternative formats e.g. large print, Braille, electronic versions
  • Information providers need to think about document types and formats
  • Need to be requested in advance
braille embosser
Braille Embosser
  • Available to all University
  • Currently free but may be charged for in future
  • Requires an electronic file e.g. Word/RFT
  • 1-2 week turnaround
  • Specific requests rather than to keep as stock items (reader preferences, document validity.)
special educational needs and disability act senda
Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (SENDA)
  • 1 September 2002: the new legislation comes into effect, affecting aninstitution's core business such as teaching and research
  • OUCS
    • Website accessibility
    • Working party for use of computers in examinations
    • Provision of equipment at OUCS
  • 1 September 2003: reasonable adjustments involving the provision ofauxiliary aids and services must be made (such as interpreters and inductionloops).

OUCS – improvements/adjustments to current provision e.g all lecture rooms to have induction loops.

  • 1 September 2005:  physical adjustments must be made (such as access tobuildings)
raising awareness
Raising Awareness
  • OUCS Leaflet
  • Posters
  • Web pages – www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/enable/
  • Disability Office and other University projects
  • Talks/Training
the next 12 18 months
The next 12-18 Months
  • Make changes re: SENDA
  • Monitor usage
  • Feedback/Suggestions
  • Evaluate
  • Consider what else should we provide? e.g. on other computer platforms