Children using computers in a classroom

U.S. Department of Ed: New digital accessibility reviews

Department of Ed is cracking down on inaccessible online learning applications, websites and platforms.

How many times has your student’s class used an online resource that is not accessible for your student who is blind or low vision? For TSVIs, our typical question is more along the lines of which resource, app, online textbook, educational website, or assessment is accessible or has some accessible pieces? Unfortunately, the majority of the educational digital resources are not fully accessible for BLV students and TSVIs are expected to create similar materials or assignments in a different format.

Under the U.S. Department of Education, the Office for Civil Rights is ramping up compliance reviews for online learning, school websites, and platforms used to communicate with parents. For details, read DisabilityScoop’s article, Ed Department Ramps Up Disability Related Compliance Reviews.

Access for Everyone videos

As part of their compliance effort, the Office of Civil Rights has created a video series on digital access in education. These quick videos are designed to bring awareness to how people with disabilities use technology, federal regulations, how to make educational websites and materials more accessible. Below are the video topics.

Access the videos here.

By Diane Brauner

2 images: Student sitting on a stack of books reading and listening to a book on a phone with ear buds.

Dual media or multimedia?

High school students in an engineering class using various devices with magnification and screen readers.

Mastering tech skills: When and what?

Vector silhouette image of two people sitting across a desk during an interview.

College interview tips for disabled students