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Advisory Commission Report on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities  (Research based)

The Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities, established by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, brought together government leaders, representatives from the publishing industry, individuals with print disabilities, representatives from institutions of higher education and leaders in accessible technology. The Commission studied the current state of accessible materials for students with disabilities in postsecondary education and made recommendations to the U.S. Congress for improving access to and the distribution of instructional materials in accessible formats. This is the first commission and report (2011) of this type examining accessible instructional materials for postsecondary students with disabilities.

U.S. Department of Education

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability