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New Guidelines Available to Provide Guidance on Making Software Accessible to Deaf or Blind Users

Reprinted with permission from the CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media

Educational software publishers interested in making electronic textbooks and other instructional materials useful to as many students as possible will be aided by a new publication from the CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM). "Making Educational Software Accessible: Design Guidelines Including Math and Science Solutions" is the result of a three-year, National Science Foundation-funded effort by NCAM which offers a wealth of information for educational designers and developers. Charles E. Mayo, Assistant Director of Textbook Administration with the Texas Education Agency stated, "This document is a truly invaluable resource which the Texas Education Agency will recommend to publishers as they plan development of new multimedia textbooks. This publication fills an immense gap in the body of technical information needed by publishers to produce accessible electronic textbooks for all students." The guidelines are also expected to aid efforts by publishers of Web-based media seeking to comply with existing and pending accessibility regulations on Federal and state levels.

In this document, readers will find:

Technical information covers common development environments and includes references to more detailed accessibility guidelines. In addition, specific guidelines on educational materials are included. Here's what another expert in the field had to say about the new guidelines:

"Adherence to these guidelines by curriculum developers and publishers will make multimedia instructional materials in science and mathematics better for all students, while ensuring that those with disabilities will enjoy a greatly improved learning environment." (Lawrence A. Scadden, Ph.D., Senior Program Director, Program for Persons with Disabilities, National Science Foundation)

"Making Educational Software Accessible: Design Guidelines Including Math and Science Solutions" is available free of charge in print and on the World Wide Web. Request print copies (bulk orders accepted) through Mary Watkins at (617) 300-3700; e-mail: Mary_Watkins@wgbh.org  or read the guidelines online at: http://ncam.wgbh.org/cdrom/.


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