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Fundamentals of accessibility

Individual course

The course provides basic understanding of what accessibility is and who benefits from it, why accessibility is important, how to encounter a person with a disability, and how different laws and directives affect accessibility.

Course contents

The course gives an overview of how accessibility can be taken into account in everyday communication and digital services. The topics covered in the course include: introduction to the interlingual and intermodal methods of translation and interpreting in producing accessibility services (such as subtitling, audio description, sign language and print interpreting), environmental description, accessibility technologies, needs of different groups and stakeholders, and principles of legislation.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will know

  • the main accessibility concepts and terminology.
  • different stakeholders and their needs.
  • principles of legislation.
  • technologies to support accessibility ranging from traditional accessibility solutions to new ones such as AI and robotics.
  • principles of accessible translation methods and digital services.
  • how to apply theory to practical accessibility solutions.

Course material

All materials can be found from Digicampus Moodle. The course key is “acce21”.

Completion methods

Independent assignments and final essay. The course can be completed at your own pace.

You can get a digital badge after completing this course.

Saavutettavuus, tulkkaus, viittomakieli, saavutettavat teknologiat, lainsäädäntö

Responsible teacher

Tampere University
Pauliina Baltzar, Doctoral researcher
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User interfaces and usability
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Continuously on-going
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Continuously on-going
Host university:
Tampere University
Who can apply:
Adult learner,
Degree student
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General prerequisites:
No prerequisites
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