Accessible Content for All: Building Equity & Engagement with Tech Tools

Understanding & Communicating Digital Accessibility Requirements

Did you know that under federal law education agencies and institutions are obligated to ensure that learners with disabilities can access the materials and technologies chosen for a curriculum?

Section Objective:

  • Explain to your colleagues the importance of digital accessibility requirements and share ADA videos for them to pursue further training.

Review Tip 2 in the document 8 Tips to Make Curriculum Content Accessible

Communicating Digital Accessibility Requirements 

How can you be an advocate for digital accessibility in your district or school? Think of one person you can talk to in your Information Technology or Teaching & Learning departments to educate them about accessibility.  Share this CAST website link with them and the videos below:

In these videos by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) National Network, you will learn more about:

  • Digital accessibility for people with disabilities
  • Partnering with vendors to improve the accessibility of digital products
  • Collaborating with leaders in your workplace to embrace accessibility as a daily practice. 
An Introduction to Digital Accessibility from the ADA National Network (3:26 min.)
Vendors and Partnerships (3:56 min.)
Creating an Organizational Culture that Embraces Accessibility (3:17 min.)

To access the full video series on digital access in education by the ADA network and Office of Civil Rights (OCR), go to the OCR Video Series

Reflection Question: 

1. What's one way you can communicate digital accessibiity requirements to key leaders in your organization?

2. Reflect on the Self Assessment Rubric below as you think about applying your learning to your instructional practice. Where are you on the continuum?

OVERVIEW
level 1

EXPLORE
level 2

APPLICATION
level 3

I have a general understanding of digital accessibility requirements.I watched the ADA videos and reflected on how this may apply to my students.I identified and set up a meeting with one administrator to share this information about digital accessibility requirements. 

Glossary:

  • Digital Accessibility -  is the design of technology content, products and environments using assistive technology to help people with various disabilities have full access to that content or service.
  • ADA - Americans with Disability Act is a law which mandates that public and private spaces must be made accessible to individuals with sensory, cognitive and physical impairments or limitations.  .
  • OCR - Office of Civil Rights
  • WCAG - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines set a global standard for making web content more accessible for people with disabilities and others who need accommodations for vision and hearing loss, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivities, learning disabilities and cognitive limitations.
  • NIMAS - The National Instructional Materials Access Center is a conformance standard for providing accessible textbook files, related core instructional materials and digital instructional materials to students in the classroom.
  • EPUB - is an accessible ebook file format for digital books, compatible with eReaders on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
  • RFP's - Request For Proposal is a document that an organization or school district creates as a proposal to a potential vendor for purchase of curriculum content or a technology tool.
  • Instructional Materials Adoption - is a process guided by state legal requirements that is used to select and approve instructional materials for students.