New Designs or New Practices? Multiple Perspectives on the ICT and Accessibility Conundrum

  • Tali HeimanEmail author
  • Tim Coughlan
  • Hadi Rangin
  • Markus Deimann


There is considerable evidence to suggest that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can make a positive contribution to students’ experiences in higher education. Students with disabilities therefore have a positive outlook and attitude to ICT. Despite all these positive things, the ICT, disability, and higher education community have been wrestling with what they consider to be a massive question: is the design of ICT good enough? In particular, a certain section of the community believes that as long as specialist, assistive technologies exist, design practices will have failed. This chapter will explore, from multiple perspectives, a different argument that the eradication of specialist technologies is not necessarily required to improve ICT design.


ICT Assistive technologies Disability Higher education Accessibility Design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tali Heiman
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tim Coughlan
    • 2
  • Hadi Rangin
    • 3
  • Markus Deimann
    • 4
  1. 1.The Open UniversityRa’ananaIsrael
  2. 2.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  3. 3.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  4. 4.FernUniversitätHagenGermany

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