Techshare is for professionals who work in the field of visual impairment, or have an interest in technology and how it facilitates independent access to education, employment, lifelong learning and society for people with sight problems.
The programme contains many relevant presentations including:
- Thursday 20th November, 11.30-12.10 - "Accessibility – One Step Beyond" by Jon Harris (MacroMedia Europe). This presentation will demonstrate how designers can incorporate accessible Flash content to a web page or application.
- Thursday 20th November, 12.30-13.10 - "Creating Accessible Audio using Voiceovers and Streaming Flash - Tips on Writing and Recording Engaging, Informative and Useful Audio Content for Websites" by Marcus Hutton (TalkingWebsites.co.uk). This presentation will explore the role that voiceover audio can play in accessible website creation. Particular attention will be paid to demonstrating what is and what is not good practice in creating this type of content.
- Thursday 20th November, 15.20-16:00 - "Access to Environments in Linux" by Léonie Watson and Simon Norris (Nomensa). The presentation will investigate the accessibility of text-based and graphical modes on the Linux platform.
- Thursday 20th November, 15.20-16:00 - "Accessibility at the BBC – the Background, the Motivation, the Challenges" by Dr Jonathan P. Hassell (BBC New Media) and Allison Tynan (System Concepts). This presentation includes looking at the motivation reasoning behind the existence of accessibility guidelines and why they should be used.
- Friday 21st November, 11.00 -11:40 - "Eye Opening! Adapting e-Learning for Visually Impaired Students; Two Lecturers’ New Perspectives" by Sidney Tyrrell and Jane Reed (Coventry University). This presentation shares the experience of two lecturers faced with adapting material for a registered blind student on a module involving ICT and on-line learning.
- Friday 21st November, 13.40 -14:20 - "DAISY Books from Scratch" by David Gordon (RNIB) and Parish Ravel (Oxford University). The presentation aims to give a clear overview of the lifecycle of a DAISY books, starting with source materials and how these are combined in various ways.
- Friday 21st November, 14.40 -15:20 - "How can we Leave out Disability when we Talk about Accessibility? Think about Learning and Teaching Skills and Interactions!" by E.A. Draffan and Pete Rainger (TechDis). This presentation investigates the need to look beyond the disability and investigate the actual skills and interactions required to access e-learning. By using metadata and structured descriptions, as suggested by schemata such as IMS Accessibility for LIP or TechDis Accessibility Metadata specification, it should be possible for users to relate their own abilities, learning styles and strategies to the characteristics of technologies and materials in such a way that they can be informed about the accessibility and skills required.