Universal Design: Finding Assistive Features Hidden in Mainstream Technologies
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Assistive technology is often presented as having a clearly-defined user population: either you're disabled and you need it, or you're not and you don't. There are a surprising number of products designed for people with disabilities that have become commonplace and mainstream products that offer accessibility as just another option.
Universal design is the term for creating products that can be used by the largest possible number of individuals, based not only on disability but also on factors such as literacy and culture. While universal design does not eliminate the need for assistive technologies, librarians can maximize their accommodation budgets and services by selecting products with universal features over those that ignore this design strategy.
At the end of this webinar, participants will:
- Know basic concepts of universal design
- Know universal design features that are part of specific products
- Know how to evaluate products for universal design
- Know limitations of universal design
Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required.
Speaker: Jane Vincent
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