New Bill May End Digital Inequality for Disabled Students


Congress is slated to pass a new bill that will end digital issues for disabled students.

For most college students, accessing course materials that are only available online is a non-issue. Imagine how difficult this seemingly ordinary task is for students that have disabilities like dyslexia or blindness. How are they to access their materials, and why isn’t there a system in place for them provided by colleges?

It appears that Congress had the same question and have made a move to change this and implement new guidelines. These new guidelines will allow students with print disabilities the same access that other students have but in a form that is acceptable for their disability.

The Technology, Education and Accessibility in College and High Education Act (TEACH Act) was brought to the forefront at the end of 2013 and as of August 2014, a new proposal was added to the High Education Act.

If Congress passes this Bill, it will mandate that the U.S. Access Board form new parameters for educational technology that is used in colleges and universities all over the country. These new guidelines will still allow schools to use programs and technology that doesn’t precisely conform to the guidelines, but they will still be required to provide all students with equal access – disability or no disability.

What this means for students is that each of them will now have an equal chance at success.

Source:
Sheffler, B. (2014, September 28). Bills in Congress could mean equal digital access for disabled students. Retrieved September 29, 2014, from http://college.usatoday.com/2014/09/28/bills-in-congress-could-mean-equal-digital-access-for-disabled-students/

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