Transforming Education Technology

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students with computerWhat is H.R. 521?

The Transforming Education through Technology Act (H.R. 521) has been introduced in Congress. If passed, the bill would require accessible learning technology to be available to students from K-12, for every school subject.

The government would make $500 million dollars available for state education agencies through grants. As part of the application process, the agency would need to describe how they plan to "improve instruction consistent with the principles of universal design for learning."

When an agency receives grant money they will be able to purchase the needed technology, and will be "required to ensure that teachers, administrators and other educational professionals are properly trained to use assistive technology for curriculum redesign to improve student achievement, for proper assessments to personalize learning, to improve student technology literacy and to expand the range of supports and accommodations to students with disabilities."

This is great news for those of us passionate about making the web accessible to all. Giving children living with disabilities access to education and technology that will help them be successful in the future is positive news for everyone.

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For over fifteen years, Deque has been helping major corporations, government agencies, and other organizations ensure that their websites and mobile apps are accessible to everyone. We have more than fifteen years of history of serving the federal government, including undertaking the biggest accessibility program that's occurred in the United States government or anywhere. Deque also works with .edu's and mission-focused nonprofits to ensure that their materials and systems are usable and barrier free for users with disabilities. The company invented the first accessibility plug-in software, the first web-based testing platform, and the first server-based accessibility solution. All of these have been created in the service of helping our customers become accessible, advance the goals of their organization, and remove barriers for all users on the web.

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