Session 6: Accessibility and Inclusive Design (July 2022 M-2 Cohort)

Hello, @July22-M-2-Cohort I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow for our session on Accessibility and Inclusive Design. Here are the slides and handout .

We are switching things up in session to allow you all more discussion and interaction within each session. To allow for this redistribution of time, we ask that you please review the first 5 slides of the slide deck and post your update to the forum (or email–I’m sending an email out in case the forum isn’t fully functional yet) before our session tomorrow, addressing the questions on Slide #5.

Thanks so much, and we look forward to this change that will allow for more team and cross-disciplinary engagement during our weekly sessions!

Posted on my Project Summary page updates to structure and organization - and possible partners!

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Have you…
worked on completing the missing pieces (i.e. project summary, team meetings, locating OER, etc.)?
*Yes: *
*1) marked improvement in establishing and using systems for communication between 6 authors; full SSU ROTEL / OER team meeting scheduled for next week *
2) collaborating on a survey for colleagues and clients in health, education and human services settings to gather feedback on content
3) author bios done, just need to get uploaded to Project Summary

identified next steps for your teams?
Yes: Finalize survey and submit for IRB approval

encountered challenges and worked on finding solutions?
Yes: Wanted just one Survey Monkey QR code and will be using logic question functions to guide respondents to appropriate questions.

What goals for today’s session particularly resonate with you?
Identifying a leadership role on the team as the “safety net” for all things accessibility.

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Thank you @ktracy3 --excellent work!

Thank you for the updates @kschlenz ! The survey sounds exciting–I’m so glad you’re reaching out to the various stakeholders!

Hello, @July22-M-2-Cohort ! Thanks to all who were able to attend this week’s session. As usual, here is the [chat transcript]. @ktracy3 put a fantastic presentation that she did on accessibility in the chat, so please check that out. There were a few other links to resources placed in there, too.

We had a lot of great discussion this week, and it sounds like teams are progressing well at this stage.

In this week’s session, we explained terms like accessibility, inclusive design, remediation, and discussed how this all relates to open publishing and your OER creation project. Accessibility is often thought about as just being for students with disabilities, but as we see it, accessibility benefits all. It’s about ensuring that what you are making can be used and understood by all people, regardless of location, language, context, tools, disability, or more. It’s about reframing disability as a mismatch between an individuals’ requirements and a particular resource, product, or service. It’s about making sure everyone can have a part to play in making these resources. We can think of web accessibility, content accessibility, and even how this can extend into pedagogy.

Access is one of the fundamental principles of the open movement broadly. Given OERs’ digital-first nature, this is all the more relevant as resources should not only conform to web accessibility standards, but they should also be available for reading in offline and print formats. It’s also evident in the human aspect - of how you create and use OER. The Rebus approach to open publishing in particular is about opening up the opportunities for both creation and use to all people around the world, and being transparent about how it works so that anyone can replicate it. Remember that both accessibility and inclusive design is inextricably tied to equity — as we reframe what disability means and how accessibility/inclusive design approaches can meet these requirements (IDRC).

Inclusive design is about flexible solutions that provide people the space to create their own paths and meet their needs. The three core dimensions of inclusive design are:

  1. Recognize diversity and uniqueness - Understand that a one-solution-fits-all approach will not work, rather, there is more value to a flexible solution that users can adapt.
  2. Inclusive process and tools - Teams should include individuals who have a lived experience of the users the designs are intended for. Equitable creation is one where you promote just and fair inclusion throughout society and create the conditions in which everyone can participate, prosper, and reach theirfull potential. Maha Bali said it best !
  3. Broader beneficial impact - Designing not only to ensure that certain needs are met, but in a way that that design can benefit a larger group. This is what’s often called the ‘curb-cut effect.’

Working with a collaboratively developed process like ours ensures that community interests remain at the forefront, and that resources produced are ‘ready to use’ straight out of the box with little to no remediation required. Remediation is the work done to a text to make it accessible to a particular student or set of students. As part of our open publishing processes, we can minimize the amount of work needed to remediate a book for students by ensuring our books are accessible from the moment of publication. This doesn’t need to be a lot of work — in fact, much of it is already baked into the stages we’ve discussed so far! This intentional approach will lead not only to a more improved and impactful resource, but will change the way you use these materials with students.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to start a new thread in our forum space. Chances are if you have a question, there are others in the cohort with the same or similar questions. And continue to share those resources as you come across them in your research. Have a wonderful weekend!