The Oklahoman

Oklahoma colleges improve accessibility, services for students with disabilities

A woman smacked Steve Stokes in the head with her purse, knocking him out of his wheelchair. She told him he shouldn’t be out in public, that he belonged in a nursing home.
Stokes was a college student in the late 1960s, a time when disabled people often were treated as outcasts. Accessibility on college campuses virtually was nonexistent.

Inside Higher Ed

Driving Home the Point on Accessibility

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Tuesday released an open letter to colleges expressing concern that some institutions might be “using electronic book readers that are not accessible to students who are blind or have low vision” and warning them that the government will crack down on any institutions that are “requiring” disabled students to use emerging technology that does not comply with federal accessibility laws.

Virginia Tech Collegiate Times (Blacksburg, Va.)

Virginia Tech evaluates campus accessibility

Michele Shebroe began avoiding the stairs on campus her sophomore year. After her father, who suffers from a long-term back injury, complained of Virginia Tech’s hilly campus while moving her in freshman year, Shebroe wanted to survey the campus’s accommodations for those with a physical disability

FierceGovernmentIT

Are government websites fully accessible to the disabled?

There’s a federal law–the Rehabilitation Act–requiring that federal agencies’ electronic and information technology be accessible to people with disabilities. It’s a law that every agency must take seriously, but many are falling short of the requirements to make web access fully available for 54 million Americans with disabilities.
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