Accessibility Series: Why is accessibility important?

This post looks at why accessibility is important to consider as part of your practice.

An Important Gadget

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The Equality Act 2010 requires education providers to ensure that they do not discriminate against a student:

  • —  In the way they provide education for the student
  • —  In the way they give the student access to a benefit, facility or service
  • —  By not providing education for the student
  • —  By not affording the student access to any benefit, facility or service
  • —  By excluding the student
  • —  By subjecting them to any other detriment

(Equality and Human Rights Commission, undated)

Not only do we have a legal requirement to make sure that the services we provide are accessible but we also have a moral obligation to make education inclusive.

As it states on the University of Derby (UoD) website:

“We, at the University, are committed to providing an environment which seeks to encourage an open and diverse community. This is reflected in our values and behaviours where we respect the rights and dignity of all people whatever their background”.

University of Derby – Equality and Diversity policy, 2012

The next post will look at how accessibility relates to learning technology.

References

Equality and Human Rights Commission (undated) What does the Act say? [online]  http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/advice-and-guidance/further-and-higher-education-providers-guidance/providing-education-and-access-to-any-benefit-service-or-facility-and-exclusions/what-does-the-act-say/ (5 November 2012).

University of Derby (2012) Equality and Diversity Policy [online] http://www.derby.ac.uk/hr/diversity/equality-and-diversity-policy (5 November 2012).

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