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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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"We must continue to embrace diversity and reject discrimination in all its forms, and insist on equality of opportunity and accessibility for all. Let our efforts remind us that when we work together, we can build a world free of unnecessary barriers and include every member of our international community."

President Barak Obama, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2009