Accessibility and Self-Advocacy in Higher Education
Just in time for fall semester, the National Federation of the Blind has released the following resources for college and graduate students and college administration. Equal access on campus remains a priority area for the NFB. Too often, blind students are dissuaded from the classes and degrees of their choice because campuses do not have procedures in place to provide accessible textbooks, internships, learning management systems, and other electronic information technology. Self-advocacy is often a critical skill for success in higher education. Take time now to review the information below and forward the resources to other blind students and campus administrators.
- Self-Advocacy in Higher Education Toolkit Version 2.0
- High-Stakes Testing Self-Advocacy Toolkit
- Higher Education Accessibility Online Resource Center
For more information, contact Valerie Yingling, paralegal, at 410-659-9314, extension 2440, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Uber Class Notice
In order to prevent discrimination against service animal users by Uber drivers, the NFB has proposed a class action settlement that would, among other things, require Uber to provide additional training to its drivers, require Uber drivers to acknowledge their responsibility to transport riders with service animals, and require Uber to terminate drivers that refuse to transport riders with service animals. View the full notice on the NFB website; this affects your rights as a class member using Uber with a service animal.
An additional summary of the comprehensive settlement terms from the attorneys for the class can be found on the TRE Legal website.
Ongoing Collaboration with Pearson: Removing Access Barriers in STEM Classrooms
The NFB and Pearson continue to work collaboratively towards removing access barriers in K-12 and higher education, particularly in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Most recently, the NFB and Pearson designed a survey to gather information regarding STEM classroom training, support, and instructional materials. The results of this survey will be used to broaden access to STEM subjects for future blind students, ultimately helping to remove the obstacles between them and their educational dreams. The STEM survey is open through December 2, and we are seeking many middle school, high school, college, and adult participants. For more information, contact Valerie Yingling at email@example.com or (410) 659-9314, extension 2440.