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September 11, 2013

Smarter Balanced Adopts Accessibility Rules for Common-Core Tests

The 25-state group decided that read-aloud accommodations for text passages will be limited, for now, to students in middle and high school.

May 03, 2013

'Hackathon' Yields Review Site For Autism-Friendly Businesses

Two developers won $10,000 for creating a website that allows users to post comments about businesses that accommodate people with developmental disabilities.

February 08, 2013

Common Core Test Group Seeks Comment on Writing-Support Accommodation

PARCC, one of two groups developing common core tests, wants feedback on the proposed policies for use of scribes and word-prediction software.

December 21, 2012

Common Core Testers Unveil Proposed 'Read-Aloud' Accommodations

Two accommodations policies under consideration by an assessment consortium could narrow how many children who qualify for assistance on those tests in some states.

December 07, 2012

Advocates for the Blind Plan Protest of Amazon's Kindle

The National Federation of the Blind protests Amazon's "massive effort" to sell Kindle e-readers and books in schools because of inaccessibility for the visually impaired.

October 12, 2012

'Google' Ruling on Digitizing Books a Boon for Blind Readers

In the ruling, Judge Harold Baer specifically cited the benefits that digital content has for people with print disabilities. Meanwhile, Netflix agreed to provide closed captioning on 100 percent of its streaming content within two years.

October 09, 2012

New Center: Concerns About Online Options for Special Ed. Students

Parent complaints, teacher training, and accessibility are among the worries of the new Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities.

October 03, 2012

New Center Established to Develop Effective Special Educators

The $25 million federal grant used to establish the center is one of many the federal Education Department has announced in recent weeks that involve special education.

July 30, 2012

Text-to-Speech App Now Features Children's Voices

For the first time, children who cannot speak or who have speech impairments and use the text-to-speech app Proloquo2Go will sound a little more like themselves, thanks to months of work recording real children speaking.

July 06, 2012

Tech Firms Tout Assistive Technology, Accessible Features

A new collaboration between Microsoft and Dell showcases both companies' products and the features they offer that are intended to enhance the experience of students with disabilities.

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