Accessible Ed Tech Should Be Provided to All Students
Effective IT leaders must promote a balanced and inclusive technology ecosystem that examines assistive technology (AT), educational technology and IT that support students like Mercy.
Where is your school on its inclusive technology journey? Inclusive educational systems are not simply nice to have. They are a civil right for students with disabilities, according to Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Students with or without individual education plans or 504 plans can leverage accessibility features such as text-to-speech, speech recognition and closed captioning to create inclusive and personalized learning experiences. Such features should be provided to all students.
How do your teams ensure that all students, including those with disabilities, have seamless access to instructional materials, educational tools and resources for learning?
Ask These Questions Before Getting Started on Accessible Ed Tech
We have seen schools and districts proactively include the needs of students with disabilities in their technology and curriculum planning, and we’ve also seen schools get started with a technology planning team.
If you are just beginning to examine the equity of your district’s technology infrastructure and practices, your team should ask the following questions:
- Do we have a technology planning team?
- Is there a leader from AT on the technology planning team?
- Have AT users tested the accessibility features offered to students or under consideration?
- Does our IT or ed tech team regularly meet with special education teams?