ERIC Number: ED438850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Education: Access Guidelines for Students with Disabilities.
California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
In March 1996, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR),notified California Community Colleges Chancellor Thomas J. Nussbaum that it was about to begin a statewide compliance review under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. As an outcome of this review, OCR offered nine suggestions for addressing areas of concern identified by the review. Among the suggestions voiced by OCR was the need for development of system-wide access guidelines for distance learning and campus Web pages. This document sets forth guidelines developed by the Chancellor's Office to address specific issues California community college districts will face in meeting their legal obligation to make distance education courses accessible to students with disabilities. Also described in this document are general principles that should be followed in ensuring that distance education courses are accessible to students with disabilities; principles that junior colleges elsewhere can utilize. In the remainder of this document, specific guidelines are provided for resolving access issues with respect to particular delivery modes commonly used in distance education, such as: (1) print media; (2) audio conferencing; (3) video conferencing/video transmission (live); (4) video transmission (pre-recorded); (5) World Wide Web; and (6) instructional software, laser video disc, CD ROM, and DVD. Specific guidelines for Braille, telephone relay services, closed captioning, and Web design are appended. (VWC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Equal Education, Special Needs Students, Student Needs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.