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Pearson Uses Poet, Accessible Image Sample Book for Staff Training

2015 July 31
by Amaya Webster

Elaine Ober, Head of Accessibility Advocacy, Pearson

We were delighted to learn recently that Pearson’s Global Accessibility Team will be conducting a massive training initiative this summer and fall for their staff. Elaine Ober, Pearson’s  Head of Accessibility Advocacy, has developed an “Accessible Images Series” that will be part of the training.  The series has two parts of about 90 minutes each.  Part 1 is “Making Decisions about Description” where, among other things, she uses the Decision Tree and exercises in the Poet Training Module.  Part 2 is “Writing Alternative Text for Complex Images,” which includes a variety of examples, including some from the Accessible Image Sample Book, which she uses in the final section of the training to show examples of tactile graphics and MathML. “I strongly urge the participants to explore it more on their own,” Elaine commented, “and I think most do.”

It wasn’t surprising to learn that Elaine’s training has been well received by staff.

“Thank you for the outstanding training. I learned so much and it was interesting and informative and really, really well done.”

“I thought it was a really helpful session, even though I’m reasonably familiar with the basics. Working through the image description basics (colour, language, emotions, etc) was really helpful, before going into subject-specific examples….Some of the complex flowcharts and graphs I can see being common to lots of subjects.”

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