ICT Accessibility Solutions to Persons with Visual Impairment at the Open University of Tanzania

Said, Said Ramadhani (2018) ICT Accessibility Solutions to Persons with Visual Impairment at the Open University of Tanzania. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

This study had the main purpose of designing and implementing new solutions for ICT accessibility to persons with visual impairment at the Open University of Tanzania (OUT). A sample of 50 respondents, 36 sighted and 14 visually impaired persons participated in the study. Of the 36 sighted persons, 8 were system administrators, 8 ICT instructors, 10 Management officials and 10 were ICT students at OUT. All 14 Persons with Visual Impairement (PwVI) are either students or staff. The study was descriptive in nature, employing questionnaire, interview, observation and document review as data collection tools. The findings of the study indicate that, for visually impaired problems to accessibility were related to unavailability of ICT training opportunity and inaccessibility of online content. To measure the accessibility of the online content, Achecker tool was used. It was found that most of the ICT related solutions for ICT accessibility problems are provided by an international standard organization called World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). However, none of the System administrator at OUT had the skills to incorporate W3C in developing accessible online content, resulting to visually impaired persons having inaccessible developed support systems. In this study, it was also possible to design and implement two general solutions that can be used to solve many accessibility solutions. This study has also provided frameworks at the institutional level as well as at the technical level on how to improve ICT accessibility for persons with visually impaired.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Divisions: Faculty of Sciences Technology and Environmental Studies > Department of Information and Communication Technologies
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2018 13:00
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2018 13:00
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/1992

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