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UCC celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

19 May 2022
(l-r): James Northridge, Project Manager; Olive Byrne, Head of Access; Asha Woodhouse, Students' Union President; Dr Dónal Fitzpatrick, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority; Professor John O’Halloran, President; Clare Thomson, Ulster University; Professor Stephen Byrne, Deputy President and Registrar; Sinéad Roche, Students' Union Education Officer. Photo by Tomás Tyner.

On the 19th of May, International Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Inclusive UCC ran a symposium to spotlight the value of creating inclusive digital experiences for all. 

GAAD aims to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital Inclusion and accessibility. The day celebrated the excellent work happening within UCC to support inclusive teaching, learning, and assessment experiences.

In 2021, UCC launched the Inclusive UCC project, which is intended as the 'first step' in helping UCC ensure that its digital content is inclusive, ensuring equal access to course content and student life for all learners. Digital Inclusion advocates teaching practices that are based on empathy and flexibility, using technology to cater to as many needs and circumstances as possible.

23% of all UCC undergraduates enter via a route that the University’s Access Office supports. Ensuring equality of access for this and other cohorts requires intuitional investment, collaboration across disciplines, and a willingness among staff to do things differently, to put themselves in the shoes of students so that they can better understand how the needs of different learners might be better accommodated.

The Inclusive UCC project is sponsored by UCC Deputy President & Registrar, Professor Stephen Byrne: “I am delighted to sponsor this exciting and innovative inclusive education project. It provides an excellent opportunity to embed digital inclusion in everything we do at UCC.” The project is led by UCC Head of Access, Ms Olive Byrne. Through its commitment to digital inclusion, UCC hopes to provide a more digitally inclusive experience for the diverse student population that passes through its gates.

For more on Inclusive UCC, please see ucc.ie/en/inclusive

Leas-Uachtarán agus Cláraitheoir/ Deputy President & Registrar

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