By Tracy Gray and Alise Crossland What is Digital Accessibility? A growing number of teachers, administrators and policymakers recognize that digital accessibility is essential in their efforts to provide equal educational opportunity for all students, particularly those with disabilities. The concept of digital accessibility includes the design of materials (e.g., curricula, tests and resources), hardware […]
By Shantell Thaxton Berrett With 20% of students showing signs of dyslexia, new California guidelines advise teachers and administrators on how to identify and support this population. In California, around 220,000 students with dyslexia are being served in special education, but that’s only a fraction of the estimated one million students in the state who […]
A former superintendent shares his model for creating a school environment that serves all students. By Greg Firn Stepping back from of my current role as chief operating officer at RoboKind LLC to my former career as a superintendent of schools with 35 years in public education, I’d like to offer a few thoughts and […]
By Evan Silberman This article was originally published as “Promoting Accessibility in the Context of 21st-Century Higher Education,” in Transforming Higher Ed, an EDUCAUSE Review blog, on March 9, 2018. One of the emerging frontiers in postsecondary education is digital education. In 2015, President Obama announced America’s College Promise (ACP), a program aimed at providing two free years of college […]
By Cheryl Spittler “The one argument for accessibility that doesn’t get made nearly often enough is how extraordinarily better it makes some people’s lives. How many opportunities do we have to dramatically improve people’s lives just by doing our job a little better?” ― Steve Krug In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson enacted the Elementary […]
When a San Diego nonprofit added adult education to its after-school program, its first step was to offer 24/7 access via a mobile app. By Vinod Lobo Helping refugees learn English and math presents unique challenges. The learners may not be literate in any language, and they may not have access to computers, home […]
By Heather Stinson, Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf/ Hard of Hearing, Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech Itinerant teachers of the deaf (TOD) provide direct services to children with hearing loss in mainstream schools, consultation to their teachers and professional development to school staff. Itinerant TODs travel to a child’s neighborhood school to provide one-on-one […]
Whenever you add a piece of content or a new feature or interactive element, take these steps to ensure your site is accessible.
Before we get comfortable, thinking access is the only fire we have to address, there is more: privacy, security, and quality.
States and districts can take advantage of the moment by self-assessing their procurement practices and taking the first steps toward including accessibility.