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DEMOS Project

Online Materials for Staff Disability Awareness
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Working with the course modules

The main aim of the Demos project was to produce a staff development package for academic staff who support disabled students in higher education. It was decided that a series of 'modules' would be created and made freely available through this website. Topics were decided upon after interviews with teaching staff, disability staff and from the results of a survey of over 250 staff in the 4 Demos HEIs.

Although the modules are written primarily with academic staff in mind they have proved useful for other groups of staff.

The modules : The content of each module is arranged in a chronological order that can be navigated by following the [Next] links at the bottom of each page. Alternatively you can pick and choose from the table of contents available from the right-hand navigation bar.

First time users : We recommend following the module in chronological order.

Frequently Asked Questions : Do you have a specific question that you want a quick answer for? Try the FAQs.

Please feel free to use the materials in staff development activities of your own; all we ask is that you make reference to the Demos project when you do.


This site has been enhanced with a number of accessibility feature to provide a satisfying experience for everyone.

Navigate with Access key

The main navigation items can be accessed by pressing the 'Alt' key on your keyboard (CMD on the Macintosh), together with one of the following:

Alt +

1 = home,
2 = modules,
3 = resources,
4 = project,
5 = contact details,
8 = skip navigation,
9 = sitemap,
0 = help.

After that most browsers will take you straight to that page, but in Internet Explorer this only selects the link. Press Return/Enter on your keyboard to activate it.

Note: Access key only works in the latest browser versions (Internet Explorer 5+, Netscape 6+, Opera 5+, Mozilla).

Take control of your browser

Don't like the colours on this site? Is the font size too large or too small? This website has been designed so that you can take control over how it is displayed by changing the settings in your browser software.

Detailed instructions on how to change colour and font settings, turn off graphics or apply your own custom made style sheet can be found in the Guide to Accessible Web Design : User Control.

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Conventions used

Glossary links

Occasionally, especially in the course modules, you might find a question mark in brackets after certain terms. Clicking on this will take you to the glossary, where the term is defined and explained in detail.

Example: SENDA [?]

External links

External links, i.e. links that lead away from this guide to another website, are often marked by the 'Open in new window' icon after the link (Open in new window icon). Clicking directly on the text link will open the new page in the same window, clicking on the icon will open the link in a new browser window.

Opening the link in a new window might be a good idea when you want both the original page and the linked page open at the same time, maybe to be able to easily switch back to the instructions in the first window while following these instructions in the second window.

Example: BBC News Open link in new browser window.

Click on the words 'BBC News' to open the link in the present browser window. You will have to use the back button in your browser menu to return to this page.

Click on the icon to open the link in a new window. The original window is still available underneath the new window.

Tip: In the Windows Operating System you can switch between several open browser windows by clicking on the item in the Windows taskbar or you can cycle through open applications and windows by holding down the ALT key (in some case CTRL) on your keyboard and pressing the TAB key until the right item is selected.

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