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Stephen Downes

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What's unfortunate about this result is that we've had decades to adopt an accessible-first approach to online learning and appear to have failed. In the U.S., the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. It's remarkable. Thirty years later, "although some faculty members may have discussed digital accessibility in the past, they might not be aware of the importance of ensuring it for all students and may not understand that it goes beyond making special accommodations for individual students that specifically request it." Even after all these years we read of needing to make accommodations for a recalcitrant faculty of teachers and professors. At a certain point, though, they cease being merely recalcitrant and start being just wrong.

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