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Universal Design & Higher Education in Transformation Congress,30th October -2nd November 2018, Dublin Castle


The purpose of this paper is to describe possible approaches to achieving universally designed teaching materials in higher education. In 2016 the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education and Research commissioned a survey on access to academic literature from The Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille (NLB) and Universell. This paper will look at key points on important developments in our environment as explored in the report, and present the analysis and recommendations that follow. Finally, the paper will discuss some possible strategies to meet the changes implied in the report. Since this is a process quite recently initiated by the Norwegian government, this paper does not claim to be NLBs official strategy for the near future. However, we believe the issues discussed in this paper can be relevant and useful to many practitioners within the field of accessible text and teaching materials at this point in time, and we think it is important that agencies like NLB are on the ball so that we can influence the development in a positive way.

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