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What’s New with Accessibility

nullThe following is some great information shared out by Michigan Colleges Online:

Accessibility Rules Updated: A  long-awaited update to a federal rule ups the pressure on colleges and universities to ensure that their information and communication technology services are accessible to students with disabilities, experts say.  The federal government last month finished work on updating section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which details the accessibility standards federal agencies, contractors and employers must meet both online — like on a public-facing website — and in person, like an information kiosk at the DMV. This new rule will go into effect January 18, 2018.  Read full article New Baseline for Accessibility.

This article from Educause has some great definitions, strategies, and tips included, check it out!

Educause released a report on ADA Compliance For Online Course Design. Lessons learned from campuses nationwide have informed an approach to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act during the process of online course design.  Providing multiple ways for students to gain knowledge, demonstrate knowledge, and interact goes a long way toward making a course accessible to all students, including those with disabilities.

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