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Opening Up Online Learning on Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 6 2013 12:00AM

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/06/13 -- Education is the key to helping people achieve their goals, but people with disabilities face challenges in accessing that education. That's why the Neil Squire Society is running a special webinar on May 9, about Moodle and Accessibility during Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

"We've been using Moodle for over four years to deliver programming to people with various disabilities across Canada," says Neil Squire Society's Director of Development, Chad Leaman. "There are a number of things instructional designers and teachers can do in Moodle to make the learning experience more accessible to people with disabilities."

The webinar presentation will offer ideas and tips on improving online access to deal with different kinds of disabilities. For instance, people with visual impairments might benefit from using screen readers that are compatible with the Moodle Learning Management System. Captions help the hearing-impaired benefit from multimedia content. Meanwhile, people with learning disabilities could gain better access to materials just by shaping the online content or learning path for their particular requirements.

The event is sponsored by Lambda Solutions, a Vancouver-based eLearning services provider and official partner of Moodle. "We've been working with the Neil Squire Society for years, providing the managed hosting and support they need to offer people with disabilities opportunities for online learning. We've been amazed by their results they've achieved with Moodle," says Lambda Solutions Owner, Shevy Levy.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is meant to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.

The free webinar on Moodle Accessibility features Ryan Thomas and Chad Leaman of the Neil Squire Society on Thursday, May 9, at 10:00 am PDT. The session will be delivered via Blackboard Collaborate, details provided upon registration. Learn more and register at http://www.neilsquire.ca/latest-news/global-accessibility-awareness-day/.

About Neil Squire Society

The Neil Squire Society is the only national not-for-profit organization in Canada that has for over twenty-eight years empowered Canadians with physical disabilities through the use of computer-based assistive technologies, research and development, and various employment programs. Through our work, we help our clients remove barriers so that they can live independent lives and become active members of the workplace and our society. Specializing in education and workplace empowerment, the Society has served over 25,000 people since 1984.

About Lambda Solutions

Lambda Solutions has helped organizations implement eLearning since 2002. They are an official partner of Moodle, the world's most popular Learning Management System, providing reliable managed hosting and responsive support services to K-12 schools, post-secondary institutions and organizations as diverse as hospitals, oil and gas industry players, training providers and governments at all levels. From their office in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., they help clients deliver great online learning experiences and outcomes.

Media Resources

Video about the role Neil Squire Society plays in people's lives: http://www.youtube.com/user/NeilSquireSociety?feature=watch

Video of how Neil Squires Society uses Moodle to teach people with disabilities: http://www.lambdasolutions.net/content/how-moodle-helps-people-disabilities-learn

Distribution of this press release was generously donated by Marketwired.



Contacts:
Neil Squire Society
Alexi Thomas
Manager of Communications
604-473-9363
alexit@neilsquire.ca
www.neilsquire.ca





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