For the first stop on the Ally Tour, John Scott of the Ally Team visits Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey. Members of the Instructional Technology group and the Center for Accessibility sit down to share their story.
After two blind students and the National Federation for the Blind filed a lawsuit against the campus for failing to provide equitable access to their learning content for students with disabilities, the team was issued a Consent Decree to become 100% accessible in three years.
In the beginning, the team talks about when they first heard about the decree, and where they and their faculty were in terms of accessibility at that time. They then share go into detail about the processes they put into place and strategies they developed to begin the long march toward inclusion.
Part of that process included becoming an early adopted of Blackboard Ally, which became a crucial tool for them in monitoring their progress and training faculty. So where are they today?
In the end, the team discusses how they have witnessed a culture change on their campus, where faculty haven’t only prioritized accessibility in their teaching for the sake of compliance, but because they have found a more inclusive campus benefits all their learners.
The Ally Tour Blog:http://tour.ally.ac
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