What Is It?
Available to all Brightspace Clients, this free resource offers knowledge and tools to support students with low vision.
Ever wondered how students with low vision experience web pages and which assistive tools they use to see better?
Check out the course to find out:
• what low vision is
• how assistive tools help those with low vision see better
• which Brightspace features support users with low vision, and
• how course content can be designed to be accessible to users with low vision
How was this Resource Developed?
This resource was designed and developed with the assistance of two co-op students, one of whom has low vision. A number of multi-media resources were created for the course to make learning material available in a variety of formats.
We hope that the knowledge and skills offered through this resource would be of use to instructors in creating course material with greater empathy for students with low vision by adopting accessibility strategies outlined therein.
Some types of software not owned by D2L are described in this course. These are assistive technologies commonly used by Learners with Low Vision. This is not intended as an exhaustive list, but rather to introduce Learners and Educators to tools which are widely used and available for free or at a relatively low cost. If you know of other assistive technologies that have been very helpful to yourself or others with low vision, we'd love to learn from you and invite you to share with us in the comments of this article, or by joining our Accessibility Interest Group!
Who Is It For?
This resource was put together with the needs of instructors in mind, but we feel it will be of value to you regardless of your role in understanding how users with low vision use the web and what works best for them.
Earn and Share Awards with your Professional Networks!
When you review all of the learning material included in the course Supporting Students with Low Vision, you'll unlock a course award! Like all Brightspace awards, you can share this special achievement with your professional network!
Learn More About Accessibility at D2L and Connect with our Accessibility Team
At D2L we want to ensure that our products are designed with empathy and inclusion in mind from the beginning. We also have great partners, like Fable helping us ensure that our Product Process is informed and powered by people who use different types of Assistive Technology day-to-day. Accessibility is an integral part of our design and development processes. You can learn more about our conformance to different accessibility standards, and more about Accessibility at D2L on our Accessibility Page.
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