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November 30, 2014

Increasing Accessibility: Using Universal Design Principles to Address Disability Impairments in the Online Learning Environment

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by Candice N. Pittman & April K. Heiselt, OJDLA

With the increasing number of students enrolling in distance education, there is a need to consider the accessibility of course materials in online learning environments. Four major groups of disabilities: mobility, auditory, visual, and cognitive are explored as they relate to their implementation into instructional design and their impact on students in online learning, specifically for students with disabilities. This article highlights the ways in which universal design can assist in providing increased accessibility, not only for students with disabilities, but for all students in the online learning environment. Current standards for disability instruction and guidelines for creating accessible materials are shared.
http://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/fall173/pittman_heiselt173.html

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