3. Accommodating Disabilities
The Wilmette Institute is doing its best to assist learners with disabilities. A staffer has taken an online course about accessibility and helps us with specific issues. Moodle, our online course delivery system, is designed so that it can be scanned by reading software. Most course readings are presented in Adobe PDF format and can be scanned by reading software if they have been run through optical character recognition software (which we are only beginning now to do). Scans of some older printed documents have not been processed with optical character recognition software, and thus cannot be read reliably by it. Most of the online readings via other internet websites are accessible.
All our videos are stored on our YouTube channel, where automated software generates a transcript. This software often makes mistakes, especially with unusual words; for example, the name “Taherzadeh” is usually rendered “two hairs a day.” We are cleaning up the transcripts whenever we can and need volunteers to help. The Wilmette Institute continues to look for ways to improve course features and functions to ensure better accessibility.
Participants with disabilities may find that taking the course with a study group will enable better access to online materials. The Wilmette Institute encourages local study groups, and gives registration discounts to groups of 2 to 20 people who wish to study a course together. These groups need not live in the same locality.
If you have a question or suggestion, please contact the Director, Robert Stockman, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-wilmette (877-945-6388), or Nicola Daniels at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.