Mar 26, 2020 8:31:00 AM
Washington, DC (March 18, 2020) – Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights released information, including a webinar and fact sheet for educational institutions and public libraries, to ensure web accessibility for students with disabilities during the coronavirus outbreak. In response, User1st Vice President of Communications Raegan Bartlo made the following statement:
“The coronavirus outbreak has led to a ‘new normal’ for families and teachers providing online education to all students. We support the Department of Education’s proactive initiative to provide educational institutions and public libraries with resources to support students with disabilities so they may utilize accessible online learning. Accessible distance learning will be critical to providing equal access to online learning tools so that students with disabilities do not fall behind.” said Bartlo.
For students with visual, auditory, motor, or cognitive disabilities, the ability to access content through a website or application can be much more challenging than for those individuals without disabilities.
Written by Raegan Bartlo