Digital Accessibility

Publication February 2018

Digital Accessibility

Accessibility of digital content and websites is now a critical issue in education technology because online and blended programs in secondary and postsecondary classrooms have proliferated, and digital content has grown substantially. Students with visual, auditory, motor, or cognitive impairments have the right to access this digital content and online instruction in an equally effective way as students without disabilities. Yet, schools and colleges often have not made digital content and online instruction as accessible to these students as is required by law.

Publication March 201714 pages

Expanding Accessibility to Digital Spaces Through Improved Policy and Practice

Making online content accessible for students with disabilities is not easy, but it is the law. As deficiencies have resulted in lawsuits and costly resolutions, more-specific legislation has emphasized that all students need greater access to digital resources. This policy brief reviews the legal landscape and offers recommendations for how states, state agencies, colleges and schools can comply with federal and state disability laws.