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EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, shines above Bear Lake here Jan. 18. The lights are the result of solar particles colliding with gases in Earth's atmosphere. Early Eskimos and Indians believed different legends about the Northern Lights, such as they were the souls of animals dancing in the sky or the souls of fallen enemies trying to rise again.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Strang)
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska — The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, shines above Bear Lake here Jan. 18. The lights are the result of solar particles colliding with gases in Earth’s atmosphere. Early Eskimos and Indians believed different legends about the Northern Lights, such as they were the souls of animals dancing in the sky or the souls of fallen enemies trying to rise again. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Strang)

 

Under 508C world wide web sites must be 508c. If you create content which links out to the web you would need to certify the site to which you link is 508c. Does that limit the content you can provide? Does this fall outside of reasonable accommodation?

I have been looking for research supporting the idea that digital content makes classroom accommodation more accessible and lowers not only the burden but the cost. Has anyone found any information to support this hypothesis?

I have sat on multiple sides of ADA, IDEA, 504, and 508. I have created IEPs as a classroom teacher, I have certified content as a publisher, and I have demanded services as a advocate. In all three rolls, what strikes me is the the use of “reasonable” and how that is interpreted based on which chair you occupy. Having been out of the classroom for many years, I wonder if the schools have a more detailed playbook for defining accommodations? Sort of an “If Then” resource to reduce the subjective nature of formulating accommodations.

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