Developing projects with disabled students
By Moira Wright, on 9 May 2016
In 2014 Michele Farmer (Disability IT Support Analyst – ISD) came up with the idea for developing some projects and put in a bid with help from Steve Rowett (Digital Education Developments Team Leader) and was allocated some money to run a project for disabled students.
The idea was to give students a chance to develop resources that they felt would be useful to disabled and non-disabled users whilst gaining new skills, work experience and a bit of pocket money.
We recruited four students who worked on a variety of outputs and ideas. Mark Shaw worked on a film that compared different referencing tools which is helpful to all students. Two others, Richard Kendall and Lewis Hopper, worked on a series of informational films that told users about the various support systems available to disabled users as well as a short film on Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) from a personal perspective. James Prime worked on resources for blind users.
We are extremely impressed with the students’ efforts. Check out the links below to view the films they produced.
These projects were delivered with support from Digital Education Developments who helped to access some additional funding through the UCL ChangeMaker Digital Literacy programme.
Mark Shaw – comparison and demos of reference programs.
Richard Kendall and Lewis Hopper – students’ views on support and services for disabled users at UCL.
Richard Kendall and Lewis Hopper – advice on prevention and care of workstation related injuries.
James Prime – Guide to using JAWS with Excel for blind users and for trainers.