10. universal design


Research your country's legislation relating to accessibility of technology for the disabled. What are the implications of this to your future career in computing?

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The answer to this will depend on the country in which the student is working and the career they are pursuing. Relevant legislation in the UK includes the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 (SENDA), and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA). In the USA the relevant legislation is the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 (ADA). A document that outlines some of the implications in higher education, for example, is http://www.jisc.ac.uk/uploaded_documents/lis_disability.pdf. Issues such as equal access to information (e.g. on the internet or a company intranet) and equal access to necessary technology (e.g. ICT required for a particular job) are important.

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ex.10.1 (tut), ex.10.2 (tut), ex.10.3 (tut), ex.10.4 (tut), ex.10.5 (tut), ex.10.6 (tut), ex.10.7 (tut), ex.10.8 (ans), ex.10.9 (tut), ex.10.10 (tut)

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