TechDIS FE coordinator receives Chair's Award at NILTA conference
Allan Sutherland, the Further Education (FE) coordinator at TechDIS (JISC's technology and disability service) picked up the prestigious Chair's Award at the National Information and Learning Technologies Association (NILTA) Annual Conference Dinner on behalf of the whole service. They earned the honour for their work on the accessibility of e-learning.
The prize is specific to FE, and was awarded in recognition of TechDis' role, in cooperation with the JISC Regional Support Centres, in ensuring that over 90 percent of FE colleges are aware of the implications of technology, disability and legislation. This is of some value to the UK's education sector, as the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 has just come into force. The act mandates accessibility for all in every relevant aspect of learning at institutions, including the accessibility of the e-learning provision.
Though the TechDis service deservedly picked up the award, they stress that much of their work relies on other JISC services such as CETIS and JISC Legal Information Services. Other individuals who have contributed include the Digital Media Access Group (Led by David Sloan at Dundee) and the Web Accessibility Research Project (led by Neil Witt at Plymouth), Brian Kelly (UKOLN) and all the individuals that regularly provide advice and carry out projects on TechDis' behalf.