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ERIC Number: EJ1058877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Making Online Learning Accessible for Students with Disabilities
Hashey, Andrew I.; Stahl, Skip
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v46 n5 p70-78 May-Jun 2014
The growing presence of K-12 online education programs is a trend that promises to increase flexibility, improve efficiency, and foster engagement in learning. Students with disabilities can benefit from dynamic online educational environments, but only to the extent that they can access and participate in the learning process. As students with disabilities' enrollment in full-time virtual schools may not be keeping pace with the enrollment rates of their typically developing peers, educators are becoming better at identifying the barriers to access that may be partly responsible for this current scenario. The future landscape of K-12 online education therefore represents both challenge and opportunity for students with disabilities. The guidelines and resources identified here help decision makers reframe online resource selection in terms of accessibility-an essential first step in broadening participation in online learning programs. This perspective can also promote the selection of digital learning resources that emphasize inclusion and access needs over flashy products and strong product marketing campaigns. Ideally, the demands for accessible online learning resources will also spur educational programmers and designers to create more online learning products that can level the playing field through enhanced accessibility, putting all students in a position where they can reliably benefit from the rising tide of online learning opportunities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Rehabilitation Act 1973; Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act