Kyle Shachmut on “New Obstacle for Students with Disabilities”

“Most people assume technology expands opportunities for students with disabilities. While the potential exists, it can be realized only if technology is designed and coded [and utilized] with equal access in mind. Despite years of public-awareness campaigns, legal challenges, and advocacy efforts, many commonly used technologies built or purchased by colleges—email systems, learning-management systems, library databases, classroom materials—actually do more to prevent students with disabilities from equal participation than paper-based systems ever did.”

Kyle Shachmut “A New Obstacle for Students With Disabilities.” Chronicle of Higher Education 9/12/14.


WINAHEAD is made up of representatives from thirty institutions. Our members are professionals employed by two- and four-year colleges and universities who work directly with students with disabilities to ensure equal access to higher education. WIN indicates the geographic area we represent: Western Iowa and Nebraska. AHEAD is our national parent organization, the Association on Higher Education and Disability.
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