General Inclusive Practice / UDL Information

1. Guidance from the Disabled Student Sector Leadership Group

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Guidance from the Disabled Student Sector Leadership Group on inclusive teaching in Higher Education was published on Friday 27th January 2017. It is also available from the Government publications page here.

A blog post giving more information about inclusive teaching and the guidance is here.

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2. UDLL Best Practice Guidelines

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Please see the UDLL Best Practice Guidelines, a publication that is a part of the project ‘Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education – License to Learn’, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

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3. Higher Education Academy (HEA) Guidelines

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The HEA have produced a page full of guidance on embedding equality and diversity in the curriculum. The Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum (EEDC) project is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to offer support to Scottish HEIs in the context of the increasing diversity of the student body and strengthening of legislative duties to proactively promote equality, eliminate discrimination and foster good relations.

Central to what the HEA does is work with individuals and institutions in higher education (HE) to provide students with an excellent learning experience. They manage and lead the development of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), a nationally-recognised framework for benchmarking success within HE teaching and learning support. They believe that the UKPSF is essential to driving improvement in, and raising the profile of learning and teaching in HE.

See more at the HEA website

The Higher Education Academy commissioned a guide to support the higher education sector to think creatively about inclusive curriculum design from a generic as well as subject or disciplinary perspective.

The HEA has also developed a toolkit that complements the strategic direction set out in HEA’s Framework for transforming assessment in higher education and offers tools for reflection and planning to help you embed the framework into policy and practice.

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Accessibility, Inclusive Practice and Universal Design

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https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/lead/2018/07/17/spotlight-on-digital-why-accessibility-is-important-to-all/

‘Accessibility’, ‘Inclusive Practice’ and ‘Universal Design’ are terms that are used with increasing frequency within Higher Education, but the distinctions between them and the importance of the principles to which they refer is not always clear. In this video, Paddy Turner (Ex- Chair and long stand Director of the National Association of Disability Practitioners) gives a brief overview of the terms and how integrating these principles into our practice can benefit everyone, regardless of whether your audience is students, staff, or external to the institution.

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Relevant Books

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Assistive Technology

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‘AT Hive’ is a new resource brought to you by AHEAD and DAWN (the Disability Advisors Working Network) that aims to raise awareness about Assistive Technology (AT) in the Education and Employment Sectors. AT Hive has about 50 examples of free and paid AT that can help with reading, writing, organisation, recording, communication, collaboration and more. These assistive technologies come in many forms like apps, websites, software, devices as well as in Office 365 and Google Workspace, to just name a few. If you are new to AT, or have some used AT already, then explore AT Hive to see the wide range of technologies that are available that can help people in any ways.

If you use AT and want to share a technology with some tips, just download our AT write up template. It takes a few moments to fill in the information and your insights can be shared with the AT Community.

Now we have added an interaction section to the resources that allows participnats to answer 3 questions and it creates a list of potential AT to start their AT journey. https://ahead.ie/Discover-your-AT

Find the #ATHive in Twitter and email Trevor.Boland@ahead.ie if you have any questions about AT Hive.

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