Inclusion and accessibility are integral values held by healthcare and education professionals. The advancement of technology has facilitated access to information rapidly, making material more widely available than ever; however, in the rush to embrace new means of instruction, accessibility issues may have been overlooked. In 1996, the U.S. Department of Justice clarified that the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements apply to all programs offered on the Internet, which include all educational digital materials for clients, patients, students, and the general public, as well as all digital professional conference materials. This means that Web page materials, and formalized online courses and programs, must be made available to qualified individuals with disabilities.
The goal of this digital materials accessibility module is to provide speech-language pathologists and audiologists with up-to-date information related to accessibility of digital materials for people with disabilities. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Identify and understand recent additions to laws related to accessibility of digital materials
- Describe how accessibility can be achieved through the modification or well-planned creation of digital materials
- Identify resources to facilitate the creation of accessible digital materials
This course is intended for speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).
Kathleen Bastedo, MEd, OTR/L, is an instructional designer in the University of Central Florida’s Center for Distributed Learning. Ms. Bastedo has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.
Haley O’Hare, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Rehabilitation Director for a private practice specializing in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), Rocky Mountain AAC Specialists LLC. Ms. O’Hare has no other relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.