Blue Ridge Community College: A Promising Practice in Using Student Feedback to Improve Access to Information Technology

In 2002 Blue Ridge Community College, in Flat Rock, North Carolina received funding for a two-year initiative to improve access to information technology in community colleges. The project used student feedback to identify barriers; assess and upgrade existing information technology on campus; and implement faculty-wide trainings on overcoming barriers to information technology experienced by students with disabilities.

The Educational Leadership Team: A Promising Practice on Promoting Accessible IT

In an effort to determine the best ways to promote the use of accessible information technology (IT) the Southeast ADA Center formed an Educational Leadership Team (ELT). The ELT is composed of 21 key stakeholders in educational information technology throughout the southeast region of the United States. Each fall members meet in Atlanta, Georgia, to discuss initiatives and to plan new approaches to promoting accessible information technology.

University of Washington: A Promising Practice in Using Existing Policies to Support Web Accessibility Practices

Postsecondary institutions nationwide are making increasing use of information technology. Using technology has become a daily occurrence in the lives of most students. Unfortunately, some electronic resources are not accessible to some students with disabilities. Inaccessible web pages are of particular concern because of the great number of them used in higher education for everything from activities registration to course delivery.

PubMed at the UW: A Promising Practice in Universal Web Design

The University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries have developed a how-to website for users of PubMed, a popular online database from the National Library of Medicine that provides citations for biomedical articles dating back to the 1950s. The how-to site, PubMed at the UW, teaches library patrons how to use the database and helps them understand the idiosyncrasies of the product that are unique to the University of Washington.

South Carolina Department of Education: A Promising Practice in Developing an Educational Technology Plan

In 1998, the South Carolina Department of Education released a new state educational technology plan. This five-year plan, which was scheduled for review and expansion in 2003, contained goals and benchmarks for implementing technology access to all South Carolina schools. In preparation for the 2003 review, the Department of Education worked with the SouthEast Initiatives Regional Technology in Education Consortium (SEIR*TEC) to devise a five-year plan to direct South Carolina's strategic technology development from 2003 to 2008.

How do I make websites accessible?

Growing numbers of educational entities at all levels are embracing the web for delivery of curriculum, as well as for administrative functions, outreach, and communication. Delivering web-based content to a variety of audiences demands a respect for the varieties of technologies that people use to access the web. In addition to the standard combination of computer screen, keyboard, and mouse, many web users with and without disabilities use alternative devices both for providing input to the computer and for perceiving output from the computer.

Bellingham Public Schools: A Promising Practice in Steps Toward Making IT Accessible in K-12 Schools

The Bellingham Public School District (BSD) in Bellingham, Washington has taken many positive steps toward improving the accessibility of its information technology infrastructure. For many years, Bellingham has valued "equal access for the learning community", and has openly stated this as part of its vision regarding the role of technology in facilitating teaching and learning. However, prior to 2004 the goal of equal access had not specifically been articulated as including students, employees, and parents with disabilities.