From the Learning and Development Desk! Re: Disabilities and Learning

From the Learning and Development Desk! Re: Disabilities and Learning

Great podcast with Jane from Evenbreak!  Her solution is a relatively simple approach for managing a skills gap that we’ve heard discussed so much in both the general press and by HR columnists.

From the learning and development desk, I would like to point out a starting point with three basic considerations so that you can meet everyone’s learning needs.

  1. Do your training programs accommodate employees with disabilities?
    If not, don’t panic. Ask your new hire. You’ll find that individuals who have spent most of their lives managing their world are your first source of advice. And when identifying a technology that should or could be used to meet their needs, always ask them to test before you purchase.
  2. 508 Compliance in the US
    You should be aware of 508 compliance issues for any of your web-based services, not just training but also intranet.  Here is a US government source: Section508.gov  for more information.
  3. Take a Universal Design Approach.
    As e-learning designers and developers, our organization always looks to a universal design approach. So we use tools that allow us to meet the needs of all our audiences. When purchasing a new tool, we look to see what standards that tool meets by reviewing their VPAT ( Voluntary Product Accessibility Template™).

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With over 30 years involved in the business of learning, Gertrude Mandeville has had the opportunity to work with myriad of learners— health care professional, teachers, engineers, trucking, insurers, accountants and even traditional undergraduate – just to name a few. As a result, she has a unique perspective on the effectiveness of most existing learning models and how as learning professionals, traditional L&D must move from order takers to consultative role so we can begin to have influence on our organization’s future. This requires use of techniques such as visual planning and analysis that is efficient, effective and leads to optimal learning analytics – moving away from outdated analytics. In 1997, Ms. Mandeville launched TechComm Partners which incorporated in 2007 as TechComm Partners, Inc. In 2010, she began to re-brand the company as TCP Learning Powered by TechComm Partners, Inc.

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