WEBED 2012 - SWADA 01 Live: Enhancing Student Services to Provide Accessibility in Post-Secondary Settings
PRESENTERS: Brian Ayres, Arkansas Easter Seals and Janet Peters, Project Coordinator for Great Lakes ADA Center
DATE: Wednesday, February 29, 2011
TIME: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Developing competence and capacity to support post-secondary students with Assistive Technologies (AT) is critical to assuring accessible education. The Southwest and Great Lakes Center have funded a project since 2006 to build quality indicators on assistive technology for postsecondary.
Over the years staff from RESNA, the AT Centers and hundreds of others with expertise in AT have contributed to their development. This webinar will report on the process for developing the indicators and the results of data collection and implementation of the indicators in post-secondary settings.
Institutions of higher education (IHEs) must comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. Under these laws, IHEs, in providing an aid, benefit, or service, may not afford a qualified person with a disability an opportunity to participate in or benefit from the aid, benefit, or service that is not equal to that afforded others.
To ensure that qualified students with disabilities are not denied the benefits of their postsecondary educational program, IHEs are required under Section 504 and the ADA to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services when necessary, to prevent discrimination. Such aids and services may include electronic publications taped texts, audio recordings, brailed materials and displays, screen reader software, magnification software, large print materials and access to electronic and information technology.