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Improving Accessibility at the University of Manitoba

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I must admit that it’s been a while since I’ve been in school. This handsome devil graduated from law school in 2006. But that’s one of the things I love about our work. At Peter Tonge Consulting, we were recently approached by the University of Manitoba to join a collaborative effort aimed at enhancing the accessibility and universal design of one of their courses. The goal was to ensure that the hybrid course (sessions held online and in-person) was inclusive and considerate of the diverse needs of individuals, particularly those in the Deaf and disability community.

To address this challenge, we enlisted the help of 8 testers from our community. Their participation was invaluable in evaluating specific aspects of the course to ensure it met high standards of accessibility. They are experts in their experience, and we always aim to surpass compliance.

The focus areas for our testing included:

  1. Course Organization
  2. Course Processes
  3. Assignment Descriptions
  4. Course Content

Together, we identified issues, both big and small, leading to improvements before the course launch, ensuring that learners will receive the best possible experience. We are grateful to our testers for their expertise and contributions. With their help, the University of Manitoba can create a more inclusive learning environment for everyone, and we are pleased to have been a part of this meaningful project. We look forward to continuing such initiatives and making a difference in creating more inclusive spaces for learning. Thank you to the University of Manitoba and our dedicated testers for making this project a success!

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