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Accessibility
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When thinking about disabilities, one might consider only those persons with physical impairments. However, accessibility needs to be provided to a broad range of disabilities including but not limited to those persons with visual, hearing, and learning impairments. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was a turning point for people with disabilities. This act put into place regulations giving access to persons with disabilities who were previously limited. Consequently, public facility access was expanded and broadened. Since then other regulations have been enacted. Following this, the Assistive Technology Act was put into place in 1998. It provides state funding for school programs for access to students with special needs. There is a section dedicated to assistive technology for students in admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee meetings with regards to Special Education. In addition to this, in 2004 the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) emphasized free and appropriate public education for persons with extra needs to be carried out in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
Informative Accessibility Resources
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There are many sites that offer support for those individuals requiring it.

Bookshare...provides accessible books for persons with print disabilities. www.bookshare.org/?

AFB...American Foundation for the Blind www.afb.org/default.aspx

CDC...Center for Disease Control and Prevention highlights "Kids Quest: hearing loss" www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/kids/hearing.html

CDC...Center for Disease Control and Prevention highlights "Kids Quest: vision impairment" www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/kids/vision.html

A Dyslexic Child in the Classroom...A guide for teachers and parents www.dyslexia.com/library/classroom.htm

Ways to Help Students with Learning Disabilities...addresses visual-perception weaknesses, visual motor weaknesses, auditory perception weaknesses, organizational problems, memory problems, and behavioral-social problems www.polk-fl.net/staff/teachers/ese/documents/sldwaystohelpstudents.pdf