Advanced Academics makes online learning accessible to students with disabilities
News, November 3 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY: Advanced Academics, a nationally recognized online learning provider, announced today that it has modified more than 100 courses to become compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, making them accessible to hearing and visually impaired students. The organization plans to release 50 additional courses compliant with Section 508 by the end of January 2012. The revised courses have been approved as section 508 compliant by the Digital Learning Department of the Washington state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
“We are proud that Advanced Academics is leading the effort to offer online courses compliant with Section 508,” said Jeffrey A. Elliott, President, Advanced Academics . “This project was an enormous undertaking that involved people from across our organization. Making our online courses available to hearing and visually impaired students supports Advanced Academics’ mission to help all students graduate from high school and succeed in life.”
Accommodations for hearing impaired students include the addition of closed captioning to audiovisual course content. Transcripts of audiovisual content are also available, allowing hearing impaired students to read information contained in videos and audio clips.
Advanced Academics also added a screen reader to translate text into audio in order to help visually impaired students understand course content. Visually impaired students can navigate courses and read content by using their keyboard to tab around the screen instead of a computer mouse, and transcripts are available for all video components. Finally, the organization changed the font and other design elements in its courses to assist colorblind students in reading text.
Part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 508 mandates that electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained or used by the federal government is accessible to people with disabilities.
About Advanced Academics
Advanced Academics, a leader in the field of online learning, partners with schools and districts in 30 states across the country to offer customized online solutions that uniquely serve each customer. Advanced Academics’ programs have proven to be successful in providing flexible learning opportunities for students in grades 6 through 12 and increasing overall academic performance. Since 2000, Advanced Academics has offered comprehensive middle and high school courses, highly qualified and state-certified teachers, and a web-based learning management system that enhances student learning. A part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV), Advanced Academics is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and meets the standards for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility. For more information, please visit www.advancedacademics.com.