Friday 25th March, 2011
11:00am to 11:50am
The United States will need 22 million new workers with college degrees by 2018 but is projected to fall short of this number by at least 3 million college degrees (Center on Education & Workforce Development, 2010). Online education provides extensive opportunities for student enrollment in degree granting programs (certificate, two-year, four-year, and graduate). However, accessibility is critical for student success, particularly for students with disabilities. This session includes a panel of speakers representing national associations that work with individuals with disabilities. Panelists will discuss the mission of each association and ADA compliance as it relates to online education. Additionally, panelists will discuss opportunities to develop collaborative partnerships with national associations to increase online accessibility and engagement for all students from point of first contact to matriculation through graduation. Panelists represent the National Federation for the Blind (NFB), National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), and Association on Higher Education & Disability (AHEAD).
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