Standards & Guidelines
Educational standards and the guidelines for their implementation vary significantly from country to country, but building a knowledge of the full scope of these can help educators, administrators, and other stakeholders to plan for inclusive change in their own educational systems. Here such standards and guidelines will be shared
Section 508, Designing Universally Accessible Information Technology Platforms
The General Services Administration (GSA) is a US Government Agency responsible for managing and supporting Federal efforts in the US. The Agency has a featured section on the US Government-wide Accessibility Program, which is entitled Section 508. This program encourages the use of Universal Design in order to strengthen accessibility for end users. According to the site, ‘Universal Design is a concept, in which products and environments are designed to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaption or specialized design.’ The link to the GSA page below provides further information regarding how information technologies (IT) should be designed to be accessible from the initial design phase.
The site provides guidance regarding how this goal can be attained: Government Section 508 information on IT design