Academic journal article Information Technology and Disabilities

Promising Practices: Accessible Information Technology in Education

Academic journal article Information Technology and Disabilities

Promising Practices: Accessible Information Technology in Education

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Welcome to this special topic issue of Information Technology and Disabilities. It features promising practices in promoting, developing, procuring and using accessible information technology in educational settings. Each article shares a specific practice, as well as evidence of its effectiveness. The result is a collection of documented experiences that can provide guidance to practitioners, both those who work with individuals with disabilities and those who work with technology in the mainstream.

This collection of articles represents a diverse set of practices. Included are applications that:

* are at K-12 and postsecondary levels;

* have impacts school-wide, statewide, nation-wide, and worldwide;

* are centered in a variety of locations;

* are directed by individuals in a variety of positions within a wide range of organizational units;

* deal with both on-site and web-based instruction; and

* cover a variety of policy, procurement, procedural, training, support, and technical issues.

Three articles describe projects in K-12 settings:

* In Universal Design for Learning: A Statewide Improvement Model for Academic Success, Michael Abell and Preston Lewis report on statewide efforts to introduce universal design for learning principles to K-12 educators.

* In Systems Change Regarding Accessible Information Technology in the K-12 Educational Environments, Karen Peterson shares top-down and bottom-up strategies used in improve the accessibility of information technology in schools. …

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