Thursday, May 25
1:15 – 2:00 pm
Strand: Content in Practice
If the goal of our schools and our industry is to provide a quality education for every student, then our products must be accessible beyond screen readers and closed captioning. We need to be developing materials that can be used by students with a wide variety of learning differences and needs, such as ELLs and struggling readers.
More important, recent laws have made it mandatory for publishers to increase the accessibility of products for a broad range of learners. Both federal ESSA and many states specify Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines for online materials.
At this session we will talk about the current regulations regarding accessibility, the financial impact of planning for accessibility versus retrofitting, and why you should include accessibility in the early stages of all product development – before your customers face DOJ action for non-compliance.
Moderator: Kate Gilligan, Texthelp