jstonehamITJ.doc - THE ACCESSIBILITY OF THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CLASSROOM TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Judy Stoneham([email protected] Director for

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THE ACCESSIBILITY OF THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CLASSROOM TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Judy Stoneham ([email protected] ) Director for Disability Services Blue Ridge Community College, NC Abstract Community and technical colleges, especially those located in rural regions face significant challenges in effectively addressing the educational needs of students with disabilities and in maintaining information equality as they struggle to keep pace with technology. Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) in the Appalachian region of North Carolina developed a practice to assess current educational technology accessibility, implement faculty training, and upgrade adaptive technology on its two campuses. The project included the input of a student advisory board, the development of faculty training materials, the creation of a disability services handbook, an assessment by the NC Assistive Tech Project, and the proposal of procurement policies. Introduction Information Technology in the twenty-first century is vitally important to the success of students, skilled tradesmen, professionals, workers in all areas of employment, and those seeking to keep abreast of a fast-paced society. It is no
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less important to persons with disabilities. To assure their access, postsecondary institutions must be on the cutting edge of educational technology. Yet it has only been in the last ten years that many institutions have begun to recognize this obligation and set about to provide accessible technology. The mission of tax-based community colleges is to train local workforces as well as students who wish to begin college studies at a much lower cost and then transfer to four-year institutions. North Carolina established 58 colleges across the state so that no resident would have to drive more than 30 minutes to attend. With the appearance of community colleges in local areas and their affordability, the workforce began to expand in the state. Meanwhile, North Carolina public schools, largely motivated by new federal legislation, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), offered more programs for students with disabilities. These programs resulted in more students graduating high school and entering the postsecondary environment. Many of these North Carolina students with disabilities chose to attend community colleges. As reported by the National Council on Disability, nationwide approximately nine percent of all college students are students with disabilities (Frieden, 2003); 71 percent of all public higher education students with disabilities are enrolled in community colleges (Barnett & Li, 1997). However, the community college system has not been fully prepared for these students. Many community colleges have no disability service providers, no trained personnel,
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limited physical access, little adaptive technology, and no designated funds for students with disabilities.
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