ERIC Number: ED427445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-13
Access to Multimedia Technology by People with Sensory Disabilities.
This report provides an overview of multimedia access barriers and solutions for people with sensory disabilities, including recommended public policy interventions. A letter of transmittal to the President and both houses of Congress precedes the main body of the report. An executive summary groups recommendations under the following categories: establishment and tasks of a National Advisory Task Force on Multimedia Access; legislative/regulatory policies (at both federal and state levels); and research, education, and collaboration. The report's main body is divided into five sections which address: (1) use and importance of multimedia; (2) barriers to accessing multimedia; (3) solutions for making multimedia products accessible; (4) voluntary efforts to improve access to multimedia; and (5) recommendations for further action. Seven appendices provide information on a framework of multimedia categories; statistics on the number of people who are visually or hearing impaired in the United States; results of a survey of educators of people with visual impairments working with multimedia products; results of a questionnaire for educators of people who are blind or visually impaired; questions for educators and media specialists working with people with hearing impairments; a listing of current multimedia projects focusing on accessibility; and the mission statement of the National Council on Disability. A glossary is included. (Contains 90 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Accessibility (for Disabled), Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Hearing Impairments, Intervention, Multimedia Materials, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Visual Impairments
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.