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ERIC Number: ED509623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
Research Committee Issues Brief: Access and Equity in Online Classes and Virtual Schools
Rose, Raymond M.
North American Council for Online Learning
There are a variety of different approaches to providing virtual education and significant program differences. This Issues Brief describes a process all virtual education programs should undertake to help best ensure all students have access to the educational opportunities provided by the program. The focus of this Issues Brief is to "increase the awareness of the importance" to students, virtual school programs and the field of making online courses accessible to meet individuals' legal obligations. This Issues Brief references civil rights legislation in the United States, but the issues of access and equity are relevant to all online programs. There are a great many levels to the discussion of "how" to make online courses accessible, and this paper will illustrate some of the ways to ensure accessibility. Federal and State Mandates for Equal Educational Opportunity and Access is appended. (Contains 25 online resources.) [This paper was written with Robert L. Blomeyer.]
North American Council for Online Learning. Available from: International Association for K-12 Online Learning. 1934 Old Gallows Road Suite 350, Vienna, VA 22182. Tel: 888-956-2265; Tel: 703-752-6216; Fax: 703-752-6201; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: North American Council for Online Learning
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Civil Rights Act 1964; Education Amendments 1972; Equal Educational Opportunities Act 1974; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Lau v Nichols; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504); Title IX Education Amendments 1972