eQuality, BBI Chairman Peter Blanck's new book on web accessibility highlighted in Chronicle of Higher EducationAs High-Tech Teaching Catches On, Students With Disabilities Can Be Left Behind
February 25, 2015
Article By CaseyFabris
Educational innovations like the flipped classroom, clickers, and online discussions can present difficulties for students with disabilities. The issue was highlighted this month, when Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were sued for allegedly failing to provide such students with closed captioning for online lectures and course materials.
Peter Blanck, chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and author of eQuality: The Struggle for Web Accessibility by Persons With Cognitive Disabilities (Cambridge University Press, 2014), said blind and deaf students need to be considered when shifting core parts of teaching to the Internet.
"So far, it’s been kind of an incremental struggle by persons with disabilities to have full and equal access to the web," he said.
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