New designs or new practices? Multiple perspectives on the ICT and accessibility conundrum

Tali Heiman, Tim Coughlan, Hadi Rangin, Markus Deimann

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There is considerable evidence to suggest that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can make a positive contribution to students’ experiences in higher education. Students with disabilities therefore have a positive outlook and attitude to ICT. Despite all these positive things, the ICT, disability, and higher education community have been wrestling with what they consider to be a massive question: is the design of ICT good enough? In particular, a certain section of the community believes that as long as specialist, assistive technologies exist, design practices will have failed. This chapter will explore, from multiple perspectives, a different argument that the eradication of specialist technologies is not necessarily required to improve ICT design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImproving Accessible Digital Practices in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges and New Practices for Inclusion
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030371258
ISBN (Print)9783030371241
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

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  • Accessibility
  • Assistive technologies
  • Design
  • Disability
  • Higher education
  • ICT


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