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ERIC Number: EJ814061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
Systems Limitations Hamper Integration of Accessible Information Technology in Northwest U.S. K-12 Schools
Wisdom, Jennifer P.; White, Nathan; Goldsmith, Kimberley; Bielavitz, Sarann; Rees, Amy; Davis, Charles
Educational Technology & Society, v10 n3 p222-232 2007
Although federal U.S. regulations require schools to provide equal access to educational opportunities for all students, many technologies used in K-12 schools present accessibility barriers for students with disabilities. Interviews assessed knowledge of educational department staff, teachers, and parents of children in K-12 schools in the Pacific Northwest U.S. regarding accessible electronic and information technology, barriers to technology access, and the capacity of these school systems to address information technology (IT) accessibility issues. Results indicate staff and parents have some basic knowledge of IT accessibility issues, but significant barriers remain regarding appropriate implementation of accessible IT within Northwest K-12 schools. These schools continue to address information technology accessibility on a case-by-case basis, rather than making systemic improvements to the accessibility of technology for all students. Systemic barriers exist regarding system-wide policies of accessibility, a lack of funds for training and implementation, and lack of communication between educators, administrators, IT staff and parents. Recommendations for improving services are provided. (Contains 2 tables.)
International Forum of Educational Technology & Society. Athabasca University, School of Computing & Information Systems, 1 University Drive, Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3, Canada. Tel: 780-675-6812; Fax: 780-675-6973; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Rehabilitation Act 1973; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)