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Access to Web-Based Special Education

Although, web-based distance education programs address geographical and cost barriers, they usually ignore access barriers to students with special needs (i.e. those with sensory, motor or cognitive disabilities). Distance education programs should ensure that conduits, and not barriers, to information are created. When planning a web-based special education program the following concerns should be considered: how to increase Web access to persons with disabilities by addressing access issues on both the client and the service side; how to optimize the use of innovative web technologies to transmit interesting yet accessible learning materials; how to increase community amongst special education students and teachers.

Nguyen, Kevin K. University of Toronto (2008). Articles>Education>Accessibility>Online


Exploiting Web Tools to Make HTML Documents Accessible

More accessible documents through authoring tool supports. Exploit mainstream tools for easier information retrieval and document manipulation.

Treviranus, Jutta and Jan Richards . University of Toronto (2004). Presentations>Web Design>Accessibility>Software


Interface Design and Optimization of Reading of Continuous Text

At present, we do not know how to optimize reading via electronic equipment. In this chapter, some considerations that may help us do this in the future will be raised, and some of the relevant evidence and theory that do exist will be cited and briefly highlighted. The focus of this paper is on reading of continuous text, whether in linear form or hypertext form, and with or without the presence of graphics or other types of information.

Muter, Paul. University of Toronto (1996). Articles>Typography>User Interface>Usability


SNOW (Special Needs Opportunity Windows) Just-in-Time, On-Line Information for Educators

Computer hardware, software and Internet connections - these are the new tools for education which are appearing in classrooms everywhere. At the same time, more and more students with special needs are taking part in the "regular" school activities as educators are asked to integrate these learners into their mainstream classrooms.

Gay, Greg and Laurie Harrison. University of Toronto (2006). Articles>Education>Accessibility


Web Browsing through Adaptive Technology: A Consumer Information Resource

The Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC), University of Toronto coordinated efforts with the Diversity Management Directorate (DMD), Public Services Commission of Canada to systematically evaluate how commercial World Wide Web (WWW) browsers functioned with various types of adaptive technology under different operating systems. The types of adaptive technology examined include screen magnifiers, scanning / switch access systems, alternative keyboards, screen readers, Morse code input devices and voice recognition systems.

Nguyen, Kevin K. and Linda S. Petty. University of Toronto (2007). Articles>Web Design>Accessibility>Web Browsers

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