Big Idea - Section 508
The final legal issue we will explore is the US Federal Section 508 certification guidelines.
Section 508, effective June 21, 2001, requires Federal departments and agencies that develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology to assure that these technologies provide access to information and data for people with disabilities.
For online teachers, this means thinking about the design of online curriculum to ensure it is accessible to all learners.
For a thorough overview of accessibility issues, we highly recommend spending time on the WebAIM Introduction to Accessibility Website. This site provides a thorough overview of issues related to technology and learning.
Be sure to watch the videos in this introduction, as they provide a thorough overview of some of the issues online instructors need to consider.