Many different curricula are used to teach Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles (CSP). Most of these curricula are not fully accessible to students with disabilities, largely because the programming tools that they utilize are not accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired and typically use screen readers to access content presented on the screen. Screen readers can read text aloud to users but cannot interpret content presented in images.
Professors, students, and IT administrators share the benefits of using captions on videos in postsecondary courses.
The AccessWeb site, which focused on accessible web design, has merged with AccessIT.
The National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education (AccessIT) provides resources to help educational entities purchase, develop, and use information technology that is welcoming to, accessible to, and usable by everyone, including people with disabilities. AccessIT was funded for five years by the U.S. Department of Education (grant #H133D010306).
It is estimated that more than fifty million Americans have disabilities. Despite their large numbers, people with disabilities continue to face challenges in accessing the full range of opportunities available to people without disabilities. Specifically, barriers to standard electronic and information technology limit opportunities to education and employment for some people with disabilities. This includes telecommunications equipment and services.
Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and its amendments prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities and mandate that public programs and services be accessible to people with disabilities. Both the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights have issued rulings and statements that support the position that web content is covered by this legislation.