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Revisioning Accessibility in Higher Education Post COVID-19

Revisioning Accessibility in Higher Education Post COVID-19
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Author(s): Jessica A. Cannon (University of Central Missouri, USA)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 12
Source title: Handbook of Research on Revisioning and Reconstructing Higher Education After Global Crises
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Shalin Hai-Jew (Kansas State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-5934-8.ch002


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One impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and complications from the virus is a significant increase in the number of people with cognitive and physical disabilities. Higher education has been slow to fully engage with accessibility measures, pursuing an on-demand individual accommodation model rather than broader accessibility from the outset. Recent legal decrees reinforce the expectation that broad accessibility is the new standard. Educational institutions can choose to act with deliberate attention to becoming leaders in implementing new accessibility practices and resources. A proactive approach increases the formal and informal educational opportunities for a broader audience of learners, as well as setting an example for how society at large can become more supportive of disabilities. This chapter outlines several ways higher education can adapt and lead this effort.

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