DigiPlace4all demonstrated at the AHEAD conference on Universal Design for Learning in Dublin
The 2015 annual conference of AHEAD (the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability) took place in the historic surroundings of Dublin Castle on March 19 & 20. Mark Magennis partnered with NCBI service user Dane Chan to introduce and demonstrate the DigiPlace4all online peer support community website.
With a conference theme of “Universal Design for Learning: A License to Learn”, the audience consisted of around 150 professional educators, disability support workers, academics, students and policy makers from Ireland and many other European countries.
Dane Chan is a blind third year undergraduate in Software Engineering at Dublin City University and one of the first DigiPlace4all Champions in Ireland. Having faced and overcome many challenges to reach and progress in third level education, including many digital challenges of accessing online lecture materials, library catalogues and other services, Dane is now very keen to support other blind students in doing the same.
In their presentation, Mark and Dane described the main features of DigiPlace4all including how to request and offer on-to-one peer support. Dane talked about how DigiPlace4all enables him to use his experiences to support other visually impaired students and demonstrated posting a request live, using his screen reader.
The presentation was very well received and there was interest from inability support workers in Sweden to export DigiPlace4all to that country. Follow-up discussions are in progress.
See a video of the AHEAD conference presentation.