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This document is an overview of the main resources and publications of
JISC Techdis and their locations, with their primary audience and also
general pointers to their objectives.

Single Equality Duty
Improve your 3 Rs: Recruitment – Retention – Results (TEC0062)

        Published October 2010 and also used to launch the JISC
         Techdis OASES Global Award.
        Developed with some input from JISC Legal to provide
         general information on the single Equality Scheme
        The emphasis is on the potential impact of legislation on
         accessibility and inclusion and how there are real benefits to
         be gained in adopting inclusive institutional practice.
        The Online Accessibilty Self Evaluation Scheme (OASES) in
         particular is promoted as a useful resource for institutions to

Aimed at a variety of roles associated within teaching and learning (Further and Higher
Education), particularly senior managers, but could also include learner support staff,
marketing managers, library staff and IT/Network managers.

Available online:

Accessible Publishing: Best Practice Guidance and Case Studies

        Published October 2010 and launched at the Frankfurt
         Book Fair
        Draws on research into the accessibility of e-book platforms
         (generally web-based and used to search for/access e-
         books, rather than the accessibility of e-books themselves).
        Provides guidance, illustrated by case studies, on some of
         the good practices demonstrated by publishers originally
         submitted as part of the Publisher Lookup Award.

Aimed at publishers.
Available online:

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Good Practice Guidance for Library and Information
Professionals: Moving Towards Accessible e-Book
Platforms (TEC0060)

        Published October 2010 and launched at the CILIP Digital
         Information Conference.
        Outlines some research into the accessibility of e-book
         platforms (generally web-based and used to search for/access
         e-books, rather than the accessibility of e-books themselves).
        Coincided with the Publisher Lookup Award for Library Service,
         awarded to publishers for their excellent service in supplying
         books in alternative formats. The first award went to SAGE.

Aimed at library staff and Information Professionals - particularly those
who may have a procurement role.

Available online:

Towards Accessible e-Book Platforms: Good Practice
Guidance on Future Developments (TEC0059)

        Published April 2010 and launched at London Book Fair.
        Outlines some research into the accessibility of e-book
         platforms (generally web-based and used to search for/access
         e-books, rather than the accessibility of e-books themselves).
        Coincided with the Publisher Lookup Award for Accessibility,
         awarded to a publisher who has excelled in changing and
         adapting their business processes to meet their customers’
         accessibility needs. The first award went to Elsevier.

Aimed at publishers, may be of interest to library staff but a version more tailored towards
them is expected in September 2010 to coincide with the Publisher Lookup Award for
Library Service.

Available online:

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Accessibility Essentials
        Latest version published in July 2009.
        A series of publications outlining what we consider to be best
         practice in the technology that most people use every day.
        Currently four publications in the series (only available online (see below):
             o AE1 shows how to alter a document that someone else has created so that
                it’s in the best format for you. Covers Microsoft® Word, Adobe® Reader and
                the Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers.
             o AE2 covers creating accessible Microsoft® Word
                documents, looking at both best practice in layout and
                how to create more interactive resources.
             o AE3 covers creating accessible presentations, both
                presentation technique and using Microsoft®
                PowerPoint accessibly.
             o AE4 looks at creating using PDF document
                accessible. Includes tips on creating PDFs accessibly
                in-house and commissioning third parties such as
                graphic designers, and the accessibility benefits for
        These have now been collated onto one DVD (Accessibility
         Essentials: The Complete Series) which includes guidance
         for both Microsoft® Office 2003 and Microsoft® Office 2007. The individual
         publications are for Microsoft® Office 2003 only.
        Individual A5 publicity leaflets are available for the older publications.
        Each book comes with a CD containing all the guidance from the publications plus
         flash animations demonstrating exactly how to do each technique. The contents of
         the CD can be uploaded to a VLE or network so that it can be accessed by all staff.
        Each publication is currently only available on the web at:

Very widely applicable – anyone in teaching and learning involved in creating learning
resources; anyone creating documents or presentations, staff developers looking to deliver
workshops on accessible documentation. AE1 can be used by anyone likely to read a
document on screen.

Informing Policy and Improving Practice: The Work of JISC Techdis in
Higher Education
       Published in June 2009.
       May also be referred to as the HE leaflet.
       Summarises some of the main areas of work we do that are
        relevant to HE; includes links so that readers can easily find
        relevant topics on the website.
Staff in HE or anyone interested in the work we do within the HE

Available online:

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The JISC Techdis HEAT Scheme
        Published in June 2009.
        Outlines the HEAT Scheme:
            o Staff in HE were invited to bid for items of
                technology, then ran projects with that technology.
            o Ranges from mobile learning projects (e.g. using
                iPod Touch) to Assistive Technology (e.g. specialist
            o So far run three rounds resulting in around 80
                projects – no confirmed details of round 4 as yet.
        Leaflet highlights five projects from the third round.
        Full case studies online at

Staff in HE, anyone interested in using technology innovatively
with learners or running projects with small amounts of funding (for giving ideas and
showing what can be done).

Adding Value to Libraries
        Published in May 2009.
        May also be referred to as the libraries leaflet.
        Summarises some of the main areas of work that are relevant
         to libraries and learning resource centres.

Library and Learning Resource Centre staff (all sectors and public
libraries); possibly Senior Management teams.

Available online:

Technology Change for Inclusion: 12 Steps Towards Embedding
Inclusive Practice with Technology as a Whole Institution Culture.
        Published in around May 2009.
        May be referred to as the TCI leaflet/briefing.
        Based on the Technology Change for Inclusion work that
         Simon did:
            o Visited a number of HE institutions to uncover best
                practice in terms of embedding an inclusive culture.
            o A full report has been produced, can be downloaded
        This leaflet is a briefing for senior managers providing a
         summary of the main report.

Senior management in HE – a report for FE is also available from the website

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Upwardly Mobile: Getting Started in Inclusive m-Learning
        Produced as a standalone resource early in 2009 but initially
         created in Autumn 2008 to accompany Go Mobile (see below).
        A getting started toolkit for staff who want to use mobile learning
         with their students.
        Mobile learning involves any handheld devices including mobile
         phone, PDAs, netbooks, some handheld gaming devices.
        Includes discussions of the pros and cons, sample materials and
         information on how to create resources.
        Also available online at

Teaching staff who wish to learn more about mobile learning.

Go Mobile
        Produced by LSN in October 2009 and accompanied by the
         Upwardly Mobile DVD. Designed to have the DVD in the back
         (not all of our stock does).
        A series of case studies about using m-learning (mobile learning)
         with disabled students.

As for Upwardly Mobile.

Available online:

Guide to Obtaining Textbooks in Alternative Formats
        Part of the work Techdis has been doing with the Publishers
        A general guide to getting textbooks in electronic format, covering
         what you can expect from publishers and what the publishing
         companies will need from you.
        Linked to the Publisher Lookup website
         ( which is a database of contact
         details enabling users to quickly find the relevant person within a
         publishing company when textbooks in alternative formats are
        An online version is available at
        Accompanies the Publisher Lookup website.

   Primarily library staff, but also anyone involved in teaching and learning who will
     need to think about alternative textbooks for their students/learners.

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Staff Packs
        A series of workshops covering 7 topics:
             o Accessible e-Learning
             o Benevolent Bill (the accessibility features built into Microsoft® Windows and
             o Checking the accessibility of your e-resources
             o Dyslexia and the use of assistive technology
             o E-assessment
             o Introduction to assistive technology
             o Introduction to web accessibility
         Don’t feel you need to be able to rattle these off but bear
         one or two in mind to give as examples.
        The CD contains all of the presentations, handouts,
         activities etc that someone would need to deliver those
        Currently being updated,
        A5 publicity leaflets are available for this.

Anyone involved with staff development.

Available online:

SMT Briefings
        A series of briefing documents aimed at Senior Management within FE colleges,
         with additional material targeted at particular roles within the college. Designed to
         assist colleges with meeting the requirements of the new Disability Equality Duty.
        Five briefings:
             o e-Learning as an accessibility investment (additional guidance for Learner
                Support Managers).
             o Accessibility in the Mainstream: roles and responsibilities (additional
                guidance for network managers and technicians)
             o Transition arrangements: Partners, processes and
                funding issues (additional guidance for heads of
                additional learner support).
             o Accessible Marketing and Admissions: Improving
                business and reducing risk (additional guidance for
                heads of marketing).
             o From good intention to good practice: making the
                disability equality duty meaningful (includes
                information about free and Open Source assistive
        Some supported by extra materials online.
        Now available online only due to low stock levels but we do have some display
         copies. We also have an A4 flyer outlining the briefings.

Senior management in FE colleges and some targeted roles (see above).

Available online:
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Free and Open Source Software
        A4 leaflet printed in-house.
        List of free and Open Source software compiled by JISC Techdis that may be of
         use to teaching staff.
        A mixture of assistive technologies (screen readers, magnifiers etc) and resources
         for creating learning materials.

Staff involved with teaching and learning, creating learning resources and student support,
potentially library staff (due to the benefits of installing free software across a library, rather
than commercial software on one or two machines).

Available online:

Specialist Colleges: Specialists in Innovation
        Publication outlining the outcomes of the Innovation Fund
         round 1 projects.
        Unlikely to be taken to many events now as out of date.
        The Innovation Fund was an LSC-funded project which
         awarded small amounts of funding to colleges to carry out
         innovative projects with technology.
        A second round of the Innovation Fund closed in Summer
         2008, bidding for a third round began in Autumn 2009.

Available online:

Management Systems for Additional Learner Support
        Publication based on research carried out by AoC NILTA.
        Unlikely to be used now as out of date and related to a specific
        Contains general guidance and best practice case studies on
         managing Additional Learner Support following the transition to
         plan led funding.

         General FE Colleges as the main audience – information
         now outdated and not to be disseminated – MIS funding
         rules changed. .

Available online:

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Guidance for Accessible Events
Publication based on joint project between JISC Techdis and the National
Disability Team

        Only Available on line now or (as PDF)
        Two Sections
        Organising accessible events and meetings.
            o Detailing the factors that should be taken into
               consideration when planning and running an event.
        Producing accessible event information.
            o Details the factors that should be taken into account
               when producing materials and information for an event
               such as web-based, electronic or print intended for
               publicity, publications, information, or as a resource.

Audience: for organisations RSCs Subject Centres and other partners organising events
and wishing to plan to accommodate needs of disabled delegates

Available online:

Working in Partnership

Publication by JISC highlighting the work of all the Services with an
FE focus.

        Each Service has provided a case study demonstrating how it
         has worked with and FE provider
        JISC Techdis case study highlights the Calm Project in
         Scotland demonstrating a college wide approach to accessible
        Web based case studies and videos are also available from
         the JISC Site:
        The Derwen College case study is also linked to JISC Techdis, RSCs and Janet all
         working together for the benefit of a specialist college.

        An initiative supported by the JISC Regional Support Centres and JISC Techdis.
        A downloadable suite of around 60 applications, all of which are free and Open
         Source, which offers a variety of assistive technology, multimedia creation and
         productivity tools. For example:
            o Open Office (an suite of office programmes including a word processor,
                 spreadsheet and presentation software).
            o Dspeech (text-to-speech application).
            o ScreenTinter Lite (allows a user to easily change the colour scheme of all
                 applications that they are running).
            o Audacity (audio recording and editing software).

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        The applications are all portable and can be run directly from a
         USB stick, so do not need to be installed on a computer. This
         means that a user can take the tools they need anywhere.
        More details at - this includes a
         link to the download site which includes details of the individual applications.

Accessible IT practice support programme (accredited with City and
        A unique course focusing on using technology to support inclusion.
        Three core modules, six optional modules and three additional "mini modules"
        Can be used for accredited ITQ training at levels two or three depending on
         modules chosen.
        Ideal for pick and mix training with wide range of staff.
        Comes with 90 minutes online support, full suite of training materials, activities and
        Updated as new tools and technologies emerge.
        Annual renewable licence depending on size of organisation.

Online accessibility self evaluation service
        Free online tool for self-assessing accessibility practice.
        Can be completed any time, any place.
        Complete with role based video introductions and links to sources of further
        Allows you to self assess anonymously against other participants.

        Unique resource from Sussex Downs College, compiled by deaf learners.
        Contains interactive guidance, video examples and unique "try it yourself" staff
         development exercise.
        Free to use.

        Interactive resource illustrating some of the teaching and learning issues created by
         different disabilities.
        Excellent way of maintaining staff awareness of disabilities they may come across
         relatively infrequently.
        Free to use.

Reasonable adjustment in policy and practice
        Detailed guidance on a range of reasonable adjustments that could be made for
         learners with different disabilities.

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        Includes guidance on
             o strategic level adjustments in terms of organisational
                 processes. Is
             o practical day-to-day adjustments (eg how to adapt text,
                 image, table, multimedia to be more accessible to different needs).
        Offers diverse alternatives based on pragmatic, achievable approaches, See

        Free tool for creating accessible learning objects (i.e. standalone learning resources
         that learners can work through at their own pace – for examples see some of the
         objects at
        Developed by a team at the University of Nottingham, we have worked with them to
         make the creation of objects more straightforward.
        Learning objects can include interactive exercises (e.g. drag and drop exercises,
         multiple choice quizzes), multimedia (e.g. videos and sound clips) and web objects
         (e.g. Google Maps, images from Flickr, videos from YouTube).
         There is an online area for people to experiment with creating Xerte objects.
        Xerte is a free download and is Open Source. More details and a link to the
         download are at .
        We have a publicity leaflet created in-house for this.

Publisher Lookup UK
        Created in conjunction with The Publishers Association.
        An online contact details database, currently containing the details of over 140
         publishers, which allows the user to find the appropriate contact if they need an
         electronic version of a textbook.
        Streamlines the process for users as they can quickly find the appropriate contact
         within a publishing company.
        Also includes some best practice guidance for both staff and publishers
        There is also a US version so please make sure the URL includes the .uk bit when
         it is given out.
        Can be found at

Accessibility Passport
        Intended to allow developers to communicate how they have considered
         accessibility with their product, and for users to give feedback.
        Developers fill in an online form to generate the accessibility information which can
         then be viewed by staff interesting in using that resource. An online feedback form
         allows them to add coments.
        Recently launched at

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        e-books can provide a good degree of accessibility depending on
         the platform used to deliver them.
        This guidance explains what to look for in an e-book platform,
         what to expect to find in an e-book and how to work around some of the barriers
         you might encounter.

        Website that evaluates a number of Web 2.0 applications in terms of their
        Web 2.0 applications are essentially websites that have some level of interaction
         from the user, rather than passively reading. This can, for example, include the
         review and rating system on Amazon, Facebook, blogs etc.
        Uses a series of tests that are detailed on the website (so can be applied by users
         to sites that haven’t yet been evaluated if necessary).
        Organised by task so that if, for example, you know you want your learners to
         create a wiki you can easily find the most accessible one the team have evaluated.
        Can be found at

Assistive Technology and Assistive and Augmentative Communication
in the UK
        Designed to provide an overview of the legislation, funding and provision issues
         around assistive technology.
        Covers from pre-school to adulthood (as information about this topic tends to be
         divided into shorter periods and therefore it’s difficult to get an overall picture).
        Also referred to as the AT report.
        Can be found at

        An e-portfolio system developed by the Rix Centre with funding from JISC Techdis
         (from the Innovation Fund which was a series of projects run in Independent
         Specialist Colleges).
        e-Portfolio systems are popular in education as they allow learners to store records
         of their work and achievements, however most were unsuitable for Independent
         Specialist Colleges due to the complex needs of their learners.
        More info at

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        An online resource portal, designed to support colleges,
         universities and other learning providers in their work with
        Contains links to resources that represent a wealth of accessible and easy to use
         free tools and information sources on the use of ICT in business.
        Includes video clips and case study examples - a number have been developed in
         or with UK universities and colleges.
        Showcases the potential for HE/FE and business interaction using web
        Developed by JISC Techdis as part of the JISC Business and Community
         Engagement programme.

SBRI Assistive Technology Competitions

        Funding opportunities aimed at technology developers which encourage innovative
         solutions to specific public sector needs.
        The opportunities are part of the SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative)
         programme, launched in January 2011 and managed by JISC Techdis.
        The initiative is designed to engage a broad range of companies in competitions
         that result in technology development contracts.
        The first SBRI competition; ‘Making Waves,’ is designed to enhance
         communications, a learned skill and a basic human right. Learners with disabilities
         though, may lack independence due to an inability to communicate by speech or
         lack of motor control.
        The second; ‘Plain Sailing,’ focuses on enabling users to produce and access
         navigable and personalisable digital information independently, anytime, anywhere,
         in a user-friendly way.
        A total fund of £250,000 for each competition is available and the deadline for
         entries is noon 15th March 2011.

Enhancing Learner Support Programme
The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) has commissioned the Association of
National Specialist Colleges (Natspec), and The Association of Colleges (AoC), to deliver
a national programme of activities to improve the quality and management of learning
support for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities across the learning and
skills sector.

The programme will deliver a range of resources, reports and continuing professional
development (CPD) activities and events which will enhance the skills of Learning Support
Assistants (LSAs) and their managers, support the development of practice and improve
the experience of learners.

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