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Championing accessibility within the PebblePad community

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Thursday 16th May 2024
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by: Samantha Hibbert

Our customers in higher education are committed to improving accessibility. As a learning technology supplier, we are inspired by the accessibility champions who run initiatives to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion.

To celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 16, colleagues across the company are involved in several activities to make the student experience more accessible.

In this blog, we share accessibility awareness events and resources taking place at the University of Leeds, as well as our own resources and upcoming event, the Colour Contrastathon!

Accessibility Matters! Campaign at University of Leeds

This week, the University of Leeds, as part of their Accessibility Matters! Campaign, is running 12 sessions using a PebblePad accessibility training workbook. Visit the GAAD at Leeds web page to find out more about their activities.

To support the digital learning accessibility week at Leeds, PebblePad was invited to talk on the theme of learning, talking and thinking about accessibility and inclusion. Fabienne Loveder, Product Manager and Accessibility Champion at PebblePad, created a video on creating accessible content in PebblePad.

To spread awareness of how to ensure your portfolios and workbooks are accessible, we’ve included the videos below, as well as links to the Accessibility at PebblePad portfolio created by Fabienne to help educators improve the student experience.

Creating accessible content in PebblePad

Watch the video for Fabienne’s whistle stop tour of the accessibility at PebblePad portfolio, which includes a list of the design crimes to be aware of  when building content inside PebblePad.

Scroll to the bottom to see further resources on Accessibility at PebblePad.

PebblePad’s Colour Contrastathon

In addition to our collaboration with customers, PebblePad is hosting an event on Thursday, May 16th, to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day: the Colour Contrastathon. PebblePad is focusing this event on color contrast because it plays a vital role in digital accessibility, enhancing readability for users with visual impairments, meeting accessibility standards, reducing eyestrain, and ensuring universal design principles are upheld.

During this event, a team of developers will review our platform with a specific focus on color contrast. By focusing on accessibility in our own platform, we reaffirm our commitment to creating an inclusive environment for all users.

 Accessibility at PebblePad

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) guidelines are developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and are a set of standards for making web content more accessible to people with disabilities. WCAG provides recommendations for making web content perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust for all users, including those with disabilities.

WCAG guidelines are integral to PebblePad’s development processes. From the outset, the system has been built to underpin WCAG’s four principles of accessibility. You can read more in Fabienne’s Accessibility at PebblePad portfolio below.

Accessibility at PebblePad Portfolio

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Link to public Portfolio

If you would like more information about accessibility at PebblePad and further support, please get in contact. In the meantime, please see the following resources and further reading.

Further Reading

Gov.uk, Understanding Disabilities and Impairments: User Profiles [Web Link]

Hassell Inclusion Webinars [Web Link]

Neurodiversity Design System [Web Link]

 

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Samantha Hibbert

Samantha Hibbert is Customer Success Manager for the Yorkshire and Humberside region. Helping customers to realise their PebblePad vision and ambitions is key to her role and is supported by her background in education.

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