There is an urgent need to enable blind and visually impaired people to gain better access to the job market. Computer networking is a promising area for employment for visually impaired people because command line software (using text only) is widely used in the workplace, and is already accessible through assistive technology such as screen readers. The Open Networking Lab Accessibility project will allow visually impaired learners to acquire basic computer networking skills through the use of accessible network simulation software. In order to achieve this, we will build upon and extend an established network simulation tool to offer an accessible interface for conducting network simulations. We will collaborate with the Royal National College for the Blind, members of the vision impaired and broader disability community, and accessibility specialists at The Open University to identify user requirements and test the new developments.
The project will carried out by the Open University Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and will be funded by the Ufi Charitable Trust.
This page is under construction – more details to be added soon about this project.