Web-Based Student Processes at Community Colleges: Removing Barriers to Access
Erickson, William; Trerise, Sharon; Lee, Camille G.; VanLooy, Sara; Bruyere, Susanne M.
Colleges and universities are making extensive use of the Internet for collecting admission and financial aid applications. Benefits from online application services are enjoyed by both the educational institution and the prospec¬tive student who applies online. It is vital that web sites offering these services be made accessible so that students with disabilities are afforded the same benefits of online applications as their non-disabled peers. Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute was funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to conduct a project with the following three objectives: 1) survey student services professionals at community colleges to examine the extent of use of the internet for providing services and the awareness of internet accessibility issues, 2) evaluate a sample of community college websites for accessibility and usability by students with and without disabilities, and 3) develop a toolkit for improving access to internet-based services at community colleges.
blind; accessibility; ADA Accommodation & Accessible IT; assistive technology; AT; barriers; blindness; disability; e-recruiting; EDI; information technology; IT; LD; learning disabilities; Postsecondary Education; schools; students; students with disabilities; visual impairment; visually impaired