With the recent changes to the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) funding, what are you doing in your institutions to offset the changes in funding or increase the level of accessibility in your courses? How do you see Blackboard fitting into this?
For people looking at this question from North America and wondering what this is all about, it relates to a change in funding in the UK. Currently there is a scheme known as the "Disability Support Allowance" which provides central government funds for students who require assistance - e.g. funding scribes, people to sign or take notes in class, assistive technologies, etc. This money was previously allocated to students, based on a needs assessment.
This money is halting (except for those in the greatest need - e.g. serious mobility/motor control issues). For conditions such as dyslexia the University is now expected to provide accommodation and fund it accordingly.
The sector is thus reflecting on what to do, looking at the current provision and wondering if it can do it for less money AND also in a way that will help more students. A tall order, but it might be possible in some areas. Examples include using remote live captioning services (perhaps in tools such as Collaborate, perhaps in a special app). There's lots still to work out, but it is a good opportunity to get people talking and thinking about inclusive teaching and learning. Your session earlier in the week helped too :-)
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