See on Scoop.it – Assistive Technology for Education
The new EPUB 3 standard could promise a sea change, enabling publishers to integrate accessibility features into their ebook production workflows, creating ebooks that are immediately available to everyone, including customers with print disabilities.
“Ten years ago, it was ‘How can the Library for the Blind produce more books?’ Kerscher says. “Now, the thought is that all of the books published each year have the potential to be accessible right out of the box. That’s just mind-boggling to a person who has had such restricted access to information.”
Diana Petschauer‘s insight:
The Technology Exists, there is NO excuse. Accessible textbooks and learning materials need to be provided by publishers for ALL learners, of every ability, using what ever Assistive Technology is required/ preferred/ desired. Schools and organizations NEED to be on board, and need to agree NOT to purchase books or learning materials unless they are accessible to ALL students and individuals. This includes testing materials. Every student can learn efficiently and express their intelligence and knowledge once they have equal access. They have a right to equal access.
Take a stand, make a difference, promote access for ALL students. This is an imperative time for positive change.
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