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blog entry  2015/10/09
Last changed: Oct 09, 2015 16:08 by Graeme Barber

IFLA have published updated guidelines and a checklist on helping libraries better support users with dyslexia. There are links to the newest guidance via the IFLA Library Services to People with Special Needs web page. They also have a Facebook page for the group.

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blog entry  2015/09/28
Last changed: Sep 28, 2015 16:32 by Graeme Barber

[DSA Consultation _ CLAUD response]

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Last changed: Sep 28, 2015 16:27 by Graeme Barber

On behalf of our members, we have submitted a detailed response to the BIS consultation on DSA changes before the September deadline date. We provided responses to the following questions:

Q1: Do you think a minimum level of reasonable adjustments for all HE providers could help ensure a consistent approach to making reasonable adjustments?

Q3: Do you have any examples of how it might prove difficult for an HE provider to make reasonable adjustments because of the nature of their student population (e.g. if the HE provider has a very large or small student cohort)? If you have, please explain why this could be difficult.

Q7: In NMH Band One categories a - e and g on pages 18-20 are there any circumstances where the primary responsibility for provision should not sit with the HE provider? If yes, please give full details and explain your reasoning.

Q10: Are there any circumstances where the primary responsibility for provision should not sit with the HE provider?

Q16: Do you agree that the primary source of hard copy materials should be through an institution’s library services to remove the need for individual printers, scanners and hard copy materials? If not, why?

Q23: Are there any safeguards for students that should be considered to ensure that they receive the support necessary?

We are especially grateful to Teresa Pedroso for leading on this.

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blog entry  2015/07/02
Last changed: Jul 02, 2015 09:51 by Graeme Barber

Information on the government's consultation on the DSA changes can found at: DSA consultation

The consultation is relevant to:

•HE providers
•disabled HE students (current and prospective)
•stakeholders working with disabled students in HE or wishing to enter HE
•disability charities
•advocacy organisations working with disabled people
•DSAs assessment centres
•non-medical help suppliers

Closes on 24 September 2015

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Last changed: Jul 02, 2015 09:47 by Graeme Barber

An interesting article by Alistair McNaught about to go from foe to friend: Libraries and print impairment

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blog entry  2015/04/02
Last changed: Apr 02, 2015 09:36 by Graeme Barber

This summary from Jane Secker of content from the CILIP briefing on copyright, includes a report of a session from Ruth MacMullen on 'Beyond the lens to the new disability exceptions: additional needs in HE'

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blog entry  2015/03/12
Last changed: Mar 12, 2015 14:07 by Graeme Barber

The government has just announced that it has now been decided that the proposed changes set out in the draft guidance on the DSA concerning accommodation, peripherals and consumables - that would have required additional reasonable adjustments from institutions - are being deferred until 2016/17 and that these changes would only be made once continued consultation with the sector and stakeholders has taken place to ensure the changes are introduced effectively.

Any comments and enquiries should be sent to their dedicated mailbox: disabledstudentsallowances@bis.gsi.gov.uk

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blog entry  2015/02/20
Last changed: Feb 20, 2015 11:29 by Graeme Barber

There is some new information out from the Student Loans Company about the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).
This is likely to have quite an impact potentially for library support for disabled users e.g.

•Printers and consumables:The Government’s preferred position is that additional items such as printers and consumables will not be automatically provided. HEIs are expected to consider how they might provide alternative services such as printing services and books and journals in electronic format, long library loans etc. to remove the need for individual items including printers and books.

You can read the full article HERE

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blog entry  2014/09/22
Last changed: Sep 22, 2014 11:55 by Graeme Barber

The accessible library

Alistair McNaught has recently circulated this information:

What would an accessible library look like? How accessible is your library? What sort of professional development opportunities would help improve your accessibility?

Jisc TechDis have been working hard over recent months to provide some guidance on these questions and we are pleased to provide you with some links to our refreshed and updated resources.

Recognising the accessible library

Work with libraries has been one of our key initiatives over the last seven years. This work is summarised in the Key Initiatives section of our website. Explore the sections on
maximising resources - making the most of what you already have
minimising barriers – identifying, removing all working around barriers to access,
the accessible library - some of the technologies and practices that will optimise your accessibility for disabled learners.

Guidance for library staff
Knowledgeable library staff are key to an accessible library. Whilst technology has a role to play in making the library accessible to print impaired learners it is the library staff who provide the skill and expertise at developing user friendly policies, practices and communication. Explore our guidance to see why library staff are vital for accessible organisations, explore what you can do – including who else to work with!

Assess your service
Have a go at our interactive accessible practice tool that not only helps you assess how well you’re doing but gives you clear guidance on how you could improve different aspects of your service.

Alistair McNaught, Senior advisor, Jisc TechDis

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blog entry  2014/06/27
Last changed: Jun 27, 2014 15:41 by Graeme Barber

Copyright law changes came into force on 1 June 2014 and there is some good news for disabled learners as JISC have reported : Disabled learners celebrate copyright law changes

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blog entry  2014/05/28
Last changed: Jun 27, 2014 15:42 by Graeme Barber

You can find full details of our next study day on 8th July [here|Next study day details announced^Claud study day programme 2014.pdf]

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blog entry  2014/05/13
Last changed: May 13, 2014 15:57 by Graeme Barber

The government has announced changes to the Disabled Students Allowance. There are potential implications with the increase on the responsibilities placed on the HE institution to provide and fund support. The full statement on this can be found here

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Last changed: May 13, 2014 15:33 by Graeme Barber

The long awaited changes to copyright are due to be implemented on 1st June 2014. A useful document concerning accessibility and copyright has been produced by the Intellectual property Office. You find the document via this link

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blog entry  2013/08/16
Last changed: Aug 16, 2013 12:46 by Graeme Barber

Further information on this recent WIPO treaty is at: http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2013/article_0017.html

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blog entry  2013/08/07
Last changed: Aug 07, 2013 10:10 by Graeme Barber

The “Disability Exceptions” to the Copyright Act (following from the Hargreaves Review) are now in draft form and the IPO is inviting comments on it.

As the base legislation that allows libraries to provide accessible formats, it is important that we distribute these and, if possible respond to the consultation either working in collaboration as we did for the original review or individually.

The exceptions are extended to all disabled students but there some areas we need to pay attention e.g. section 31B (8) regarding record-keeping (no time limits specified) and (9) which in effect seems to state that we must notify each copyright holder when creating an accessible copy.

The deadline for the consultation is Sept 11. Further information is at: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/hargreaves/hargreaves-copyright/hargreaves-copyright-techreview.htm

I am happy to collate any comments and send a CLAUD response. Please email me: graeme.barber@solent.ac.uk

Thanks to Teresa Pedroso for highlighting this consultation.

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