Digital Accessibility: Promoting Real-Time Access to Learning for Students with Disabilities
Digital learning materials remain a barrier for many students who require accessible materials. When this occurs, they are denied access to the curriculum and this impedes their ability to achieve positive learning outcomes including: meeting state standards in literacy, mathematics, and science; graduating with a regular high school diploma; and transitioning readily to career training and/or post-secondary education.
Far too many PreK-12 classrooms, materials, and assessments remain inaccessible for students who may struggle due to disability, low literacy, language or other expected variabilities, all of which we know exists within our diverse student population. Reversing this trend requires thoughtful consideration by policymakers and state, district, and school leaders to ensure a consistent and purposeful focus is directed toward improving digital access for students.
This document provides evidence-based considerations regarding digital accessibility for students with disabilities, and other underserved populations, that can and should be incorporated across all federal policy impacting access to education.
CAST. (2023). Digital Accessibility: Promoting Real-Time Access to Learning for Students with Disabilities [Statement]. CAST. https://www.cast.org/products-services/resources/2023/digital-accessibility-promoting-real-time-access-learning-students-disabilities