Education

Accessibility of Learning Materials

Accessibility of Learning Materials

Digital tools are providing more insight into the accessibility of learning materials, and even automating some steps in making more accessible alternatives available. "We have been fighting this uphill battle of content accessibility for years, and we have been fighting it without knowing what is actually out there," said Jeremy Olguin, accessible technology manager at California State University Chico, also called Chico State (https://www.csuchico.edu/).

Everyone Can Learn Better with Universal Design

Everyone Can Learn Better with Universal Design

Have you ever watched a film with subtitles? Closed captions help many viewers to  follow a storyline and understand dialogue. Subtitles are used for watching a film in a foreign language, for the hard of hearing, to watch a movie quietly so as not to disturb others and in public spaces where TV is transmitted without sound.

Seven Ways to Introduce UDL into Your Classroom

Seven Ways to Introduce UDL into Your Classroom

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) emerged about ten years ago as a barrier-free approach to teaching and learning. Educators who have included it in their practice have shared that it has revolutionized their teaching practice. Here are some ways to introduce UDL into a classroom, from Text Help (www.texthelp.com).

Making Curriculum Accessible

Making Curriculum Accessible

Apple has announced that its Everyone Can Code course materials are now accessible to students who are blind and deaf. Everyone Can Code teaches coding in Swift, a programing language. The simple, fun coding lessons can be modified to suit students from kindergarten to college. It’s also fun to use, because it lets you see what you’re creating with code as you write it - as the user types on the left, he or she immediately see the result on the right. 

Students with Special Needs Increasingly Asked to Stay Home: Report

Students with Special Needs Increasingly Asked to Stay Home: Report

An education advocacy organization called People for Education says “special needs” students in the Province of Ontario are increasingly being asked to stay home. During the four-year period of 2014-2018, the organization has noted an increase in the number of elementary and secondary school Principals who report recommending a special education student stay home for at least part of the school day.

It’s Time for an Inclusion Update

It’s Time for an Inclusion Update

“After nearly two decades of inclusion, we know that ensuring students with disabilities have access to the same educational environments as their peers has resulted in significantly improved outcomes. Twenty years later, progress to fully include all students has stalled, says Sarah Barnes in a guest post on Education Week.com. Education Week is an independent news organization that covers American education system up to grade 12.  

Inclusive Workplaces: Online Learning Course

Inclusive Workplaces: Online Learning Course

The International Training Centre of the International Labor Organization (ITILCoCentre), in partnership with Cornell University, has created an online self-learning course named “Disability in the Workplace: A Global Perspective.” The 90-minute course is designed for employers and HR professionals, to enable them to design and implement a disability-inclusive strategy.

Why Special Education Isn’t Working

Why Special Education Isn’t Working

The current “special ed” system isn’t working, says this American special education specialist in an opinion piece published on ThinkInclusive.us. “What we have today are fragments and pockets of schools and communities that ‘do inclusion’ well. The vast majority of places, however, are either unwilling to implement inclusive classrooms or lack the resources to know where to start.”

Five Benefits of Inclusive Classrooms

Five Benefits of Inclusive Classrooms

Just like the studies that reveal the benefits of inclusion in work places, many studies show that inclusive classrooms are beneficial for students, and not just those who receive special education services. Here are five benefits of inclusive classrooms as according to Understood.org .

Why Special Education Isn’t Working

Why Special Education Isn’t Working

The current “special ed” system isn’t working, says this American special education specialist in an opinion piece published on ThinkInclusive.us. “What we have today are fragments and pockets of schools and communities that ‘do inclusion’ well. The vast majority of places, however, are either unwilling to implement inclusive classrooms or lack the resources to know where to start.”

Accessibility, Audio Texts, and the Persistence of Print

Accessibility, Audio Texts, and the Persistence of Print

On The Chronicle of Higher Education, Assistant Director of Educational Technology at Yale University Michelle Morgan asks education professionals to consider the historical bias toward printed text, and to look for opportunities to consider alternative methods of delivering course materials. This will be of benefit not just for the students who need it, but all students, because in doing so professors and teachers can flesh out the learning experience.

The Value of Inclusive Education

The Value of Inclusive Education

Inclusive education values diversity and the unique contributions each student brings to the classroom. In a truly inclusive setting, every child feels safe and has a sense of belonging. Students and their parents participate in setting learning goals; school staff has the training, support, flexibility, and resources to nurture, encourage, and respond to the needs of all students.

Students Collaborating on an Accessibility Project

Students Collaborating on an Accessibility Project

East Fairmont High School in West Virginia will benefit from the fresh minds of Fairmont State University engineering students, who are taking a long hard look at the topography of the high school’s grounds and surrounding roads and land with an eye to making the high school property more accessible.