Instructional Materials and Environments
Requiring use of an emerging technology in a classroom environment when the technology is inaccessible to an entire population of individuals with disabilities [ ] is discrimination prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) unless those individuals are provided accommodations or modifications that permit them to receive all the educational benefits provided by the technology in an equally effective and equally integrated manner.
(Dear Colleague letter, Department of Education and Department of Justice, Civil Rights sections, OCR, June 29, 2010)
The EITA Task Force is developing an Instructional Materials checklist. Until it is available, please consider:
- guidance available from Disability Services for Students
- the Department of Education's and Department of Justice's joint "Dear Colleague" letter to University and College Presidents
- standards for instructional documents, media and software used in online courses and classroom - covered in those areas of this website