Accommodating Other Students with Disabilities: Beyond the Need for Screen Readers

Jane Jarrow, Principal of DCCOL – Disability Compliance in Career and Online Learning discusses how when we speak of accommodating students with disabilities in online classes, our first thoughts always turn to the highly text-based nature of online learning and making sure that students who are blind/visually impaired, or those who are dyslexic, have an alternative means of accessing material that other students will read on their screen. But there are other online learners with disabilities who can also benefit from careful prior planning and innovative implementation by instructors. This session will discuss the needs of – and solutions for – students who are deaf/hard of hearing, those with significant physical disabilities, and students with attention problems. Explore the pros and cons of transcripts v. captioning, learn more about how and why students with mobility impairments sometimes struggle in an online environment, and discover how the organization of your class may impact on how it is received and processed.

Presenter: Jane Jarrow, Principal of DCCOL – Disability Compliance in Career and Online Learning

July 2010

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