Making Digital Materials Accessible for Individuals with Disabilities

by Kathleen Bastedo, BSOT, MEd

Summary:
Inclusion and accessibility are integral values held by healthcare and education professionals. The advancement of technology has facilitated access to information rapidly, making material more widely available than ever; however, in the rush to embrace new means of instruction, accessibility issues may have been overlooked. In 1996, the U.S. Department of Justice clarified that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements apply to all programs offered on the Internet, which include all educational digital materials for clients, patients, students and the general public, as well as all digital professional conference materials. This means that web page materials, and formalized online courses and programs, must be made available to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Objectives:
The goal of this digital materials accessibility module is to provide occupational therapists, dietitians, fitness professionals, health educators, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, radiologic technologists and social workers with up-to-date information related to accessibility of digital materials for individuals with disabilities. After studying the following information, you will be able to:

  • Identify and understand recent additions to current laws related to accessibility of digital materials
  • Identify how accessibility can be achieved through the modification or well-planned creation of digital materials
  • Identify resources to facilitate the creation of accessible digital materials

Course is free until 30 September 2013.

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Aging in Place, Part 1

Author: Janie Scott, MA, OT/L, FAOTA

Objectives
The goal of this program, the first of a two-part series, is to increase understanding about barriers and enablers older adults encounter as they experience age-related changes in function. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —

  • Describe aging in place.
  • Define its relationship to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain & Process.
  • Describe potential roles for OTs in this area.

This course has been made available for FREE through a promotional arrangement with Genesis Rehab Servies until September 30, 2012.

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How to Recognize and Describe Dementia

Author: Monica Robinson, OTR/L, MS, FAOTA

Objectives
The goal of this program is to teach OTs how to recognize symptoms of differential diagnoses, understand the types of dementias, and understand the significance of using the global scales for staging the severity of dementia. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —

  • State the symptoms associated with the general definition of dementia based on the DSM IV.
  • List three similarities and three differences between differential diagnosis of dementia delirium and depression.
  • Describe how knowing the type of dementia can direct your care plan, including two examples.
  • State how global scales for staging dementia are efficacious to use in clinical practice.

This course has been made available for FREE through a promotional arrangement with Genesis Rehab Services until June 21, 2012.

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Lifeblood: Understanding Common Types of Anemia

Author: Anne Ahlman, MPT

Objectives
The goal of this program is to help physical therapists identify the etiology, presentation, consequences, and interventions associated with commonly found types of anemia. After reading this module, you will be able to —

  • Describe the etiology of anemia and discuss the different types.
  • Explain typical laboratory blood work findings associated with commonly found types of anemia.
  • List medical treatments typically associated with anemia.

This course has been made available for FREE through a promotional arrangement with Grady Health System until January 31, 2012.

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