ERIC Number: ED419355
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct-10
Computer Accessibility Technology Packet.
Department of Education, Washington, DC.
This technology information packet includes information about the technical aspects of access to technology, legal obligations concerning technology and individuals with disabilities, and a list of resources for further information and assistance. A question and answer section addresses: barriers to educational technology for students with disabilities; how product access for students with disabilities can be delivered; the benefits of access features for typical students; a school's legal responsibilities to provide accessible technology for students with disabilities; a school's legal responsibility to provide accessible technology for employees with disabilities; the state's responsibilities as a recipient of funds made available under the Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act; how a school knows if educational technology products are fully accessible; and how a school can implement accessibility considerations when purchasing technology. A checklist is provided of access considerations in technology purchases, along with an explanation of computer hardware and software features that affect access for individuals with disabilities. A list of books and newsletters on assistive technology is included. The information packet also includes the U.S. Department of Education's minimum accessibility requirements that software applications must meet in order to be used by all Department employees and customers. (CR)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Appropriate Technology, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Disabilities, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Legal Responsibility, School Responsibility
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education, Mary E. Switzer Building, 330 C Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20202; telephone: 202-205-5465; World Wide Web: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/teckpack.html (Copies of this packet are available in braille, audiotape, large print or computer disk, for individuals with disabilities).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act