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Group Pushes Vendors and Districts to Sign Computer Science Accessibility Pledge

By Benjamin Herold — September 11, 2018 1 min read

A leading group supporting the “computer science for all” push in schools wants vendors, investors, districts, and others to publicly commit to supporting improved accessibility for students with disabilities.

For vendors and developers, that means taking such steps such as putting captions on videos and ensuring compatibility with screen readers for visually impaired students, according to the nonprofit CSforALL Consortium. The pledge calls for curriculum developers to assess their existing tools, create an improvement plan, develop guidance on accessibility for educators, and make the issue a priority.

The Accessibility Pledge also asks districts and state education groups to focus on acquiring computer science content that is accessible and to provide teachers with professional development on supporting students with disabilities, among other steps.

And the pledge calls on corporations and foundations to ask themselves such questions as, “Is the program or content delivered accessible to students with a broad range of disabilities?”

So far, more than 40 vendors, school districts, and state departments of education have joined the pledge.

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A version of this article appeared in the September 12, 2018 edition of Education Week as Group Pushes Vendors and Districts to Sign Computer Science Accessibility Pledge

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