Education

Digital Accessibility for Education webinar

From SSB Bart Group/Level Access… Don’t Fear the OCR: Digital Accessibility for Education A FREE Webinar from SSB BART Group/Level Access Date: Thursday, July 27th Time: 2:00 pm EDT (Time Zone Converter) The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) collects complaints against educational institutions. One day, you may get a mysterious letter in the mail. Are you prepared?… Read more Digital Accessibility for Education webinar

Revised Transition Guide published

From the U.S. Department of Education… The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), of the U.S. Department of Education (Department), is pleased to publish, A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities. OSERS’ mission is to improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations for… Read more Revised Transition Guide published

Legal references regarding web accessibility

The following are on-line resources that have listed and documented historic information about legal issues related to web accessibility. Resources include references to legal cases and rule interpretations. Thanks to several members of the ITACCESS listserv from Educause for assistance in compiling this list. World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) – Web Accessibility Laws and Policies – lists… Read more Legal references regarding web accessibility

U.S. Access Board Updates Requirements for Information and Communication Technology

The U.S. Access Board today – January 9 2017 – released a final rule that updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also refreshes guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. “This update is… Read more U.S. Access Board Updates Requirements for Information and Communication Technology

New guidance on IDEA

From the U.S. Department of Education… The U.S. Department of Education (on 12/12/2016) made available to the public final regulations under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), aimed at promoting equity by targeting widespread disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities. The regulations will address a number of… Read more New guidance on IDEA

Pre-Employment Transition Services

As posted in the Maine Parent Federation News… The Maine Department of Labor’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (or “VR” as it‘s commonly referred to) provides services to transition-age youth with disabilities to help prepare them for employment. Every high school in Maine has an assigned VR Counselor. With the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), there’s… Read more Pre-Employment Transition Services

Digital Accessibility Toolkit for State and District Education Leaders

Accessibility of websites and other digital technologies have seen increased attention this year from the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights when it comes to state departments of education and school districts. eSchool News published a recent article about a Digital Accessibility Toolkit for state and district education leaders.  The toolkit provides an overview… Read more Digital Accessibility Toolkit for State and District Education Leaders

New Guidance on Education of Children with Disabilities Attending Public Virtual Schools

From the US Department of Education: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) today, August 11, 2016, issued guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter to states to ensure students with disabilities attending public virtual schools are getting the special education and supports that they deserve and… Read more New Guidance on Education of Children with Disabilities Attending Public Virtual Schools

Foundation supports robots in Maine schools

The Grahamtastic Foundation, is a Maine non-profit that provides free technology to seriously ill children. In addition to providing FREE iPads, laptops and internet access, Grahamtastic has a fleet of nine robots it has been lending to schools since 2013. According to spokesperson, Leslie Morissette, “…currently all nine of our robots are being used but … we are… Read more Foundation supports robots in Maine schools