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Advocate Moves Needle on Website Accessibility – Education Week

Every year, thousands of complaints flow into the office tasked with investigating disability discrimination for the U.S. Department of Education.

This year, Marcie Lipsitt, a special education advocate from Michigan, has been responsible for about 500 of those complaints—and counting.

Lipsitt’s focus is on the websites of school districts and other educational institutions, which she says widely disregard the needs of users who are blind or visually impaired, or who cannot use a mouse to navigate a page. Other website problems she has spotted include videos with no captions, or text and background color combinations that are a strain for people with low vision.

Her letters have gotten results. In June, the Education Department’s office for civil rights announced that it had entered into settlement agreements over website accessibility with schools, districts, and departments of education in seven states and in Guam.

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Effectively including accessibility into web developer training – Karl Groves

Today, I’d like to follow “Your computer school sucks” with some actual guidance for web developer training schools and bootcamps.

Do not treat accessibility as its own topic

A few years ago, I wrote a series of blog posts under the theme Selling Accessibility. The content for many of those posts was driven by interviews I did with a number of people in the accessibility field, one of whom was Cher Travis-Ellis from CSU Fresno. … Cher shared with me a neat trick she used when training CSU Fresno staff on accessible content creation: add the accessibility training to all the other training. Unless there’s a really specific technique that deals only with accessibility, nobody really needs to know that you’re teaching them how to make something accessible.

For instance, if you’re teaching someone how to use MS Word and you talk about using actual headings instead of bolded text, the accessibility aspect of that practice doesn’t really matter. In other words, you’re teaching people how to do a good job, anyway. The same thing goes for web development.

Many accessibility best practices are also just quality best practices. Teach people how to do a good job and, when it comes to techniques that are specific to accessibility, that should be in the core curriculum too.

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EdTech and the accessibility paradox | Christensen Institute

Summer Cox is an exceptional student education coordinator at Henry County Public Schools in Georgia. For a number of years, her district has pursued personalized learning. That’s given Cox a front seat to a new movement in education, which calls for recreating classrooms in a manner that supports learning for each child.

Cox has a unique outlook on where personalized learning is headed: she helps oversee the district’s special education programs and strives to ensure that students with disabilities are included in the overall vision for structural and instructional reform. In some ways, personalized learning is catching up to what special education advocates have long believed. As Cox explained:

It’s my opinion as a special educator that not all students are the same. Therefore, we should not present them with the same learning experiences. … Different students need the ability to access their learning differently, and we should help facilitate that as teachers.But in her role, Cox has also seen where school districts like hers struggle to ensure that software programs actually align to student and teacher needs, especially when it comes to providing content appropriate for different learners.

“Our teachers need the ability to modify the content if needed to fit individual learning needs or the needs of small groups of students, if they don’t fit into the ‘packaged’ curriculum that is provided with the software,” Cox said.

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Edtech podcast Episode 18 – Karla Drops Accessibility Knowledge

In this episode, Ricky and Matt welcome Karla Kmetz Morris to the show to speak about accessibility and give her perspective and she also shares great resources that can help us all understand accessibility in a deeper way. We also discuss the news of the week, as always, including Google’s plan to bring VR into the classroom, a new school to tackle shortages of computer engineers, and a landmark accessibility case that was settled between a blind woman and the Seattle school district.

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Accessibility and education | Voices | Saudi Gazette

“We send people to the moon, to space but the majority of children with disabilities still do not go to school and it is the 21st Century.”

These words were from Gopal Mitra, an officer in UNICEF’s inclusive education program. And this was how he started his speech at the Forum hosted by the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments, GAATES, during the 8th Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Conference on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, at the UN Headquarters in New York, on June 8.

The topic was Accessibility and Education: Challenges and Solutions, and the panelists included partnering UN Agencies, NGOs and Country Representatives from Latin America and Asia.

When we talk about accessibility and especially in the area of education, we are talking about a comprehensive approach and not only overcoming physical barriers for children with disabilities who cannot go to school. Those who do go to school often cannot learn because the textbooks are inaccessible. The built environment, as well as information and learning materials, must be accessible to all.

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