Insights for accessibility - Registration for training is open!

Warmly welcome to learn, gain insights and to discuss about the accessibility of Aalto's learning and working environments to Aalto Goes Accessible symposium 11 January 2018, at 12:00-16:00. See the detailed programme below.

Event offers a great opportunity to hear experiences and insights of the users and developers of the Aalto's learning and working environments.

Enroll at latest 20 Dec. 2017

Event is held in English.



What: Aalto goes Accessible 2018 symposium on 11th January, 2018 (

Where: Otaniemi campus, Otakaari 1, U135a "NOKIA"

To whom: All members of staff (recommended especially for LES and HR personnel)

Registration:  Enroll at latest 20 Dec. 2017



Programme of the Symposium:

12:00 EQU chairperson Kirsi Virrantaus: Welcome to symposium!

12:15 Tuomas Tuure, Kynnys ry: Disability and education. Practical improvements needed?

  • Comment: Esa-Pekka Mattila, AYY & Aalto BIZ

13:00 Kirsi Heino: Accessible Learning Centre

  • Discussion

13:30 Tapio Haanperä: Navigating in a built environment for the visually impaired

Good navigation and guidance for the visually impaired needs to be accurate, robust, continuous, multi-sensory, scalable and universal. It should also create a more safe environment for everyone to move and walk. All this can be made possible if accessibility is taken in to account.

  • Comment: Mari Tammisaari, Aalto University

14:00 Coffee

14:30 Signe-Anita Lindgrén, Hanna Liisa Hakala, Laura Mendoza, Language Centre: Tailored courses and support at the Language Centre

We present various support offered to diverse learners such as courses based on autonomous language learning (ALLP),  our writing and speech clinic services and the EOTO-tandem programme. Further we briefly introduce the interdisciplinary network NorDys: Nordic Network for Reading and Writing Disabilities in Higher Education

15:00 Professor Idor Svensson, Växjö/Linnéuniversitet, Psykologi: Assistive technology for students with dyslexia and reading and writing disabilities

The lecture will cover reading and writing difficulties and the use of assistive technologies. Especially in the lights of assimilate and communicate text. The presentation begins with describing what AT is and what benefits it can make. Thereafter, some completed, ongoing and upcoming projects regarding AT and students with written-language problems are described.’

  • Comment: Signe-Anita Lindgren, Aalto University

15:30 Discussion & conclusions

16:00 Closing

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