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.
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.