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CrowdED Learning Accessibility Resources

The resources included in this document are continuously being compiled and added based on new finds and suggestions.  You are encouraged to copy to your Google Drive or export to Word or PDF.

What does it mean to be 'accessible'?


Google to Start Mapping for Greater User Accessibility

Recently, Google announced that it will crowdsource data from its 30 million local guides worldwide.  The company is calling on these guides to answer five simple questions—like whether a building has accessible entrances or bathrooms—when they submit a review for a location. In the coming weeks, Google will host workshops and “geowalks” specifically focused on mobility across seven cities, from New York City and London to Tokyo and Surabaya, Indonesia.

Enhanced Experience for Students Requesting Accommodations

GED Testing Service has enhanced the process for students to request accommodations for the GED® test. Now students, and their advocates, have access to a secure online environment where required documentation can be easily submitted to GED Testing Service’s accommodations team. Please click here to learn more.

Public Comment Period on U.S. Department of Justice's Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability

The Department of Justice has published its Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities (SANPRM) in the Federal Register. Accordingly, the public comment period for the SANPRM is now open.

The public comment period will close on August 8, 2016.

Public comments on the SANPRM may be submitted via any of the following:

Facebook Feature to Help Persons with Vision Impairments

This week, Facebook announced a new feature for those with vision impairments to access photos on its platform.   Facebook's new automatic alternative text feature identifies objects in photos uploaded to the site and describes them in text with the help of a screen reader. 

Ed Blog: Working to Remove Barriers to Accessibility in Online Learning

The U.S. Department of Education's ED Blog recently published an account of a resolution agreement reached between ED's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the University of Phoenix, ensuring equal access to online education for learners with disabilities.  The post chronicles the story of an adult learner with presbyopia and dyslexia, and her experience when Phoenix switched learning management platforms, to one which she could not access. “When they switched ...

Discussion on Disability Awareness and Accommodations -- Do-IT Resource

Greetings Colleagues:

Do You Have a Print Disability? The University of California, Berkeley Has the Answer

Campus students with print disabilities now have more accesa to The University of California, Berkeley's vast library collections, under a landmark agreement finalized last month.  The negotiated agreement agreement between UC Berkeley and Disability Rights Advocates, a nonprofit legal group, establishes a system for providing more timely access to print materials converted to alternative-media formats.  


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