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Students with Disabilities and Online Classes

Students with Disabilities and Online Classes

"Title 5, section 55200. Definition and Application. Distance education means instruction in which the instructor and student are separated by distance and interact through the assistance of communication technology. All distance education is subject to the general requirements of this chapter as well as the specific requirements of this article. In addition, instruction provided as distance education is subject to the requirements that may be imposed by the American with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. §12100 et seq.) and section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended."

As you can see, Title 5 is clear that online classes must fulfill the requirements of the Americans with Disability Act and section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (often abbreviated as "ADA" and "508").  These requirements deal with things such as media, format, alternate descriptions, color, tables, html code, and image maps.

The University of Central Florida has a nice resource for online faculty dealing with ADA and 508 compliance.

http://teach.ucf.edu/pedagogy/accessibility/

 In addition, WebAim has created a checklist to see if your online classes are compliant.

http://webaim.org/standards/508/checklist

 If you have questions or concerns about your online class meeting requirements for students with disabilities, please contact Ana Bojorquez, SBVC's Assistive Technology Specialist. ( 909-384-8543 or abojorqu@valleycollege.edu)