Every two or three years, state and federal laws regarding accessibility in education change. However, the goal is always the same: making sure that every student, at every level (classroom, building, district), has access to the resources they need to meet their learning goals.
During the edWebinar “Accessibility for All: Creating an Equitable Learning Ecosystem,” the presenters discussed the lessons they’ve learned, especially regarding technology as an instrument for accessibility.
7 key roles tech plays in accessibility
1. While there is no substitute to having an attorney or special education director focused on special education legislation, there are additional services that can keep the flow of information coming. The presenters rely on state associations for updates, but they also use legislative news services to get updates.
2. Apps and software are a boon for special needs students, but teachers shouldn’t download whatever they feel like. In addition to keeping student privacy and school budgets in mind, teachers also need to make sure that the tools work in the school’s technology environment. All software—and hardware—should be vetted by a team of faculty and IT staff.