Tools for accessibility

This seminar is the fifth in the program, with a green color code. It contains four presentations, and a short coffee break at 10.15.

Session 1, 09.00 - 10.15


A: Assistive Technology - Computer Software and Apps as Support for Students with Reading and Writing Difficulties/Dyslexia in Higher Education

Emma Kjellén, University of Borås, Sweden

Synopsis: Could the support of assistive technology like apps or computer software help students with reading and writing disabilities/dyslexia to meet the academic literacy skills demands in HE? University of Borås copes with the need for assistive technology and suitable pedagogical guidance in several ways, which will be presented in this seminar.


B: Smart Studying - Support for students with disabilities via smartphone and interactive tools for planning and organizing

Anna Göthner, Stockholm University, Sweden
Åsa Ferm, Stockholm University, Sweden
Birger Moëll, Psychologist, Sincerly, Sweden
Alex Bergvall, Computer Scientist, Sincerly, Sweden

Synopsis: Can students via their smartphones get support in organizing, planning their studies and finding motivation to study? This spring, 10 students with ASD, ADHD or psychiatric disabilities at Stockholm University participated in the pilot project Smart Studying – where students via their smartphones are supported to find a study routine. We provide a background, show how Smart Studying works and describes what the students who participated in the project thought about it.

Session 2, 10.30 - 12.00


C: Accessible student unions - why and how?

Katarina Hylander, The Swedish National Union of Students, Sweden
Jenny Andersson, The Swedish National Union of Students, Sweden

Synopsis: Three years ago The Swedish National Union of Students (SFS) initiated a project aimed at making student unions accessible for students with disabilities. By speaking about its successful results we hope to encurage similar initiatives worldwide.


D: Talking books by web and app. Using new technology to distribute accessible literature to students with reading disabilities

Pia Hasselrot, Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (MTM), Sweden 

Synopsis: To enhance the services aimed at students with reading disabilities, Swedish Agency for Accessible Media, MTM, with the responsibility to produce course literature, has developed a web-based library and an app to distribute talking books. The webpage and the app make it possible for students to choose when, where and how to read their talking book.