The University of Southhampton is running a free online course around digital inclusion, titled Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society. The course runs for five weeks, commencing on 17 October 2016.

This course will help you to understand how those with sensory, physical and cognitive impairments may be disabled by barriers encountered when using digital technologies. It will highlight how the use of accessible and inclusive design can help overcome many of these difficulties.

With a better understanding of users’ needs, technologies can be developed to be both accessible and meet legal requirements to provide a more inclusive environment.

On this course, you will discover how you can make an important difference to the lives of anyone who is elderly or has a disability. It is suitable for:

  • web development, design or marketing professionals, or anyone who creates content or specifies, designs, builds, tests, evaluates, uses or buys technology;
  • employers, who can discover how accessible technologies can increase the market for their products or services, or enhance the productivity of their employees;
  • and disabled and elderly people, who want to understand why some technologies may be causing problems, and how it is possible to help others understand these problems.

You will learn how technology can help at home, study or work if you or somebody you care about becomes ill or is disabled.

Find out more and register for the course on FutureLearn.

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