Higher Ed Technology Bill Would Decrease Barriers
The National Federation for the Blind are leading an effort to pass national accessibility standards for higher education technology. Currently students with vision impairments are responsible for securing their own assistive devices, and these new regulations would help make all required technology accessible to all students.
Inaccessible Technology Puts Students at a Disadvantage
According to a recent USA Today article, over 63,000 of current college students have a vision impairment, and the increasing reliance on technology in classrooms have put these students at an unfair disadvantage to complete their studies. National guidelines for accessible technology would help close the gap as new incentives would spur development of more assistive products.
The proposal, called the Technology, Education, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act, is being worked on by Wisconsin Rep. Tom Petri (R), who hopes to introduce the bill in the house in August. By setting technology standards, the bill would help spell out some of the gaps in the Americans With Disabilities Act, making it easier for colleges and universities to comply with the intent of the law. You can find more information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) here.
For more information, please see the full article: “Disability rights advocates press for accessible technology”