Student loan information to become more accessible to people with visual impairments

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Student loan information to become more accessible to people with visual impairments 

E-Newscast Video Link

 http://disabilityrightsgalaxy.com/?p=21864

Video Length

One minute and forty-three seconds

Grade Level

High School & Above

Summary

Information from the U.S. Department of Education’s Direct Loan program now must be accessible for people with visual impairments. Due to a series of complaints from the National Federation of the Blind and three individuals represented by attorneys from the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund and Brown Goldstein & Levy to the U.S. Department of Education, an agreement was reached to make Student Loan information available in alternative formats, such as Braille or large print.

Review Questions

Do you think that government organizations should be mandated to provide all documents in various accessible formats?

 

Should all websites be required to provide all their content in accessible formats?

 

What types of accessible formats does this agreement make available?

 

Free Writing Prompts

While student loan information seems necessary for all people to be able to access, what do you think constitutes necessary? And why?

 

Should a community publication (news letter) or a local newspaper be mandated to provide accessible formats? Why?

 

Who do you think should be responsible for the cost of providing accessible formats?