Evidence of Effectiveness:
This systemic change in approach from accommodation (reactive) to universal design + accommodation (proactive + reactive) has made progress in several areas. Places on UW's distance learning program Web pages to reaffirm UW policy have been identified, including the program home page, student and faculty information pages, and staff support pages. Rewards include confidence in compliance with laws on accessibility, cleaner, better functioning pages, and improved ease of use for all students and instructors. The UW Distance Learning program recently received the "BizTech Accessibility Award" for its efforts in designing courses that are accessible to everyone. DO-IT's experiences suggest that accessibility compliance is not as difficult as it seems; designing with accessibility in mind, collaborating with key partners, and finding and using existing tools are effective strategies.
Estimate the probable costs associated with this practice:
Incorporating accessible design as courses are being developed is not expensive; retrofitting existing courses to make them accessible to a student with a disability can be very expensive.
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