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    GAAD: A Day To Learn And Recognize The Need For Accessibility In Education

    By: Aylin Dunham
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    Accessibility in the Classroom

    In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), AST would like to share some recent articles and webinars that we find to be valuable resources on the topic of accessibility in education, specifically for the deaf or hard of hearing.

    Universal Design in Learning Webinar

    In partnership with Brightspace™ by D2L and ReadSpeaker, AST presented a webinar to discuss how to improve learning outcomes through the framework of Universal Design for Learning. Because no two students have the same learning styles, it is important that they have equal access to multiple formats of learning materials to suit their styles and disabilities. Watch the recorded webinar: Equal Access to Education: How Universal Design for Learning can Improve Learning Outcomes.

    Closed Captioning and Universal Design

    In her book, Sound is Not Enough: Captioning as Universal Design, Svetlana Kouznetsova discusses the challenges she faced as a deaf student in high school with no access to learning materials that met her needs. It is advocates like her who are emphasizing the need for Universal Design in Learning and accessibility in education. Art Morgan describes this important cause in his blog post Closed Captioning As Universal Design.

    Higher Education Accessibility Complaints

    Among a number of legal actions against the lack of accessibility in higher education, patterns have been identified and addressed one by one in this article from the NC State University IT Accessibility Blog. Each pattern has been drawn from specific lawsuits or complaints, and turned into actionable items that can help improve accessibility for students at universities.

    Accessibility For Web Design

    When thinking about accessibility online, you have to understand that it starts with the design of a website. If the framework is built correctly it will be easy to share accessible content. This action based guide for building accessible websites goes through all types of content from video to images to links, to ensure it is all provided in the correct formats for those with disabilities.  Necessary actions include closed captioning and transcripts, alt attributes, color choice and header and text structure.