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Web Accessibility: Educational Resources and Academic Literature

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This reference list is aimed at higher education researchers and practitioners, as well as other associated professionals and students. To add to this list, enter the reference info in the Comments field below and I will update the list accordingly as applicable.

I would like to thank Heidi Maston for her assistance in gathering some of the references that are included on this list.


Peer-reviewed journal articles

• Toward a Quality Assurance Approach to E-Learning Courses.Kidney, Gary; Cummings, Leslie; Boehm, Azalea. International journal on e-learning [1537-2456] Kidney, Gary yr:2007 vol:6 iss:1 pg:17 -30

• E-learning: A Performance Appraisal and Some Suggestions for Improvement.Honey, Peter. The learning organization [0969-6474] Honey, Peter yr:2001 vol:8 iss:5 pg:200 -02

• Distance Learning: The Library's Role in Ensuring Access to Everyone. Burgstahler, Sheryl, Library Hi Tech; v20 n4 p420-32 2002

• Academic Engagement in Students with a Hearing Loss in Distance Education.. Richardson, John T. E.; Long, Gary L.; Foster, Susan B. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education; v9 n1 p68-85 Win 2004

• Accessibility of Electronically Mediated Education: Policy Issues. Blair, Martin E.; Goldmann, Hilary; Relton, Joy. Assistive Technology; v16 n2 p85-93 Jul 2004

• A Review of 2000-2003 Literature at the Intersection of Online Learning and Disability. Kinash, Shelley; Crichton, Susan; Kim-Rupnow, Weol Soon. The American journal of distance education yr:2004 vol:18 iss:1 pg:5 -19

• Assessment of Web Accessibility Knowledge and Needs at Oregon Community Colleges. Wisdom, Jenifer R.; White, Nathan A.; Goldsmith, Kimberley A.; Bielavitz, Sarann; Davis, Charles E.; Drum, Charles. Community College Review; v33 n3-4 p19-37 2006

• The Status of Web Accessibility of Canadian Universities and Colleges: A Charter of Rights and Freedoms Issue. Zaparyniuk, Nicholas; Montgomerie, Craig. International Journal on E-Learning; v4 n2 p253-268 2005

• Web Accessibility at University Libraries and Library Schools. Schmetzke, Axel. Library Hi Tech; v19 n1 p35-49 2001

• Accessibility of school districts’ Web sites: Bray, M., Flowers, C., & Gibson, P. A descriptive study. Information Technology in Childhood Education Annual, 209-221.2003

• Bridging the digital divide in postsecondary education: Technology access for youth withdisabilities. Burgstahler, S.NCSET information brief 1(2), 2-6. 2002

• Distance, disability and the commodification of Education: Web accessibility and theconstruction of knowledge. Foley, A. Current Issues in Comparative Education,6(1), 27-39. 2003

An end to disabling policies? Toward enlightened universal service. Goggin, G., & Newell, C. The Information Society, 16, 127-133. 2000

Institutional and Learning Considerations

An Institutional Perspective on Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary EducationPlanning Process for New Technologies

“Learning Is a Process, Not an Object” Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto

Integrating Assistive Technology into the Standard Curriculum. ERIC/OSEP Digest E568.

Students with Disabilities in Distance Education: Characteristics, Course Enrollment and Completion, and Support ServicesJOURNAL OF DISTANCE EDUCATION

Steppingstones Project on Web Accessibility and Cognitive Disabilities in Education

The Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) - California State University (CSU)

Accessibility to Learning Environments: Learning Anytime, Anywhere, for Anyone

Accessibility of the Internet in Postsecondary Education: Meeting the Challenge

A Personal Perspective Kyle, a student at Utah State University who is blind, shares his perspective on Web accessibility and screen readers

Accessibility Production for Educators

Best practices in online captioningPart of a university research program in accessibility of “learning objects” in education

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) at the University of Washington. - Megasite of links to accessible design tips, including web video captioning.

The Inclusive Learning Exchange

Access E-learning (AEL) Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) at Georgia TechA ten-module tutorial for those seeking to make their distance education materials accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE)

Fact Sheets on Accessible Distance Education

Web Accessibility for All - Resources for educators

Policy Considerations in Higher-Education

University Web Accessibility Policies: A Bridge Not Quite Far Enough

Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Disabilities: A Primer for Policymaker The Institute for Higher Education Policy

Web Accessibility Policies (and Pseudo Policies) in Postsecondary Institutions National Council on Disability, (2000). Federal

Policy Barriers to Assistive Technology.

Policies Relating to Web Accessibility

E-Learning related ICTs Accessibility

Accessibility Information from software & hardware vendors

iTunes U and Accessibility: presently not a good match

Online book-sharing for the blind launchedCopyright exemption eliminates Napster-like issues

Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference,California State University, Northridge, March 10-15, 2008


I would like to thank Heidi Maston for her assistance in gathering some of the references that are included on this list.