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From: John E Brandt
Date: Nov 19, 2013 9:09AM


It might be worth reading some other sources - besides the Chronicle - as
the information there is pretty minimal. I suggest taking a look at Rep.
Petri's news release (he is the person sponsoring the bill).

http://petri.house.gov/press-release/petri-introduces-teach-act-ensure-equal
-access-educational-materials-students

Among the things understated in the Chronicle piece is the fact that this
bill does not create anything new but simply follows up on recommendations
from the study committee for Higher Education Act, empowering the Access
Board to create specific rules regarding accessible instructional materials
(AIM) and adds clarifications to IDEA (04) regarding AIM.

As others have noted, this is just the first step and the bill will not be
going anywhere, anytime soon. Likely it will get folded into some other
legislation some day when we have a Congress that is interested in getting
some work done [sorry for the "political" tone in that last statement].

~j

John E. Brandt
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That article seems to have generated some "interesting" comments...

John E. Brandt
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Rachel
Sent: Monday, November 18, 2013 9:32 AM
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Subject: [WebAIM] Teach Act?

Hello, esteemed list.

I am getting questions from my campus regarding the Teach Act (not the TEACH
Act) discussed here:
http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/bill-would-require-instructional-tech
nology-to-be-accessible-to-all/48383?cid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en.
Would it require something different that what universities are already
expected to do as clarified by the Dear Colleague Letter from the DOE and
DOJ in 2010?

Any guidance is welcome.

Rachel

Dr. Rachel S. Thompson
Director, Emerging Technology and Accessibility Center for Instructional
Technology University of Alabama



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