U.S. Dept. of Education Launches New Website Accessibility Technical Assistance Initiative

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U.S. Department of Education Launches New Website Accessibility Technical Assistance Initiative

May 17, 2018

Contact:   Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced it is launching a new technical assistance initiative to assist schools, districts, state education agencies, libraries, colleges and universities in making their websites and online programs accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Through webinars, OCR will provide information technology professionals vital information on website accessibility, including tips for making their online programs accessible. The initiative announced today, on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, builds on OCR’s history of providing technical assistance on this issue to hundreds of stakeholders.

"As more educational opportunities are delivered online, we need to ensure those programs, services, and activities are accessible to everyone," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, “OCR’s technical assistance will help us continue to forge important partnerships with schools for the benefit of students and parents with disabilities." 

OCR will offer the first webinar on the following dates:

            Webinar I:   May 29, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. EDT

            Webinar II:  June 5, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. EDT

            Webinar III: June 12, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. EDT

If you are interested in participating in any of these webinars, please send your request to OCRWebAccessTA@ed.gov; include your name, preferred webinar date, and contact information.  You are encouraged to invite your vendors to attend these webinars. 

Information regarding the scheduling and registration for webinars is available on OCR’s Disability Discrimination website page.  

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