What is Accessible Education Anyway?

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Accessible education is more than providing closed captioning to a video presentation (although this is a crucial provision to consider always).


Accessible education is:
  • Designing learning/teaching experiences, materials, evaluation methods/feedback, etc. in a manner that reduces the need for accommodations because ease-of-access is built-in and built for everyone
  • Considering intersectionalities such as class, culture, disabilities, age, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
  • Inclusive
  • Proactive

Accessibility means my son is humanized in his learning environments, whether at home or in a rehabilitation center. When I consider all aspects of who he is and what he needs, I better design learning to be inclusive.

It’s also important to understand what it is not.


Accessible education is not:
  • An after-thought
  • Focused on accommodations
  • A charity/a favor

No one should have to thank you for considering their child.

You don’t have to be a specialized educator or clinician to consider inclusion and accessibility.

Everyone needs to think about how to include everyone.

Education must be accessible to all.


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