Essay criticizing the TEACH Act

"Unfortunately, while we share the goal of improving the accessibility of digital instructional materials, TEACH is written in such a way that it would inadvertently work against that goal. It would impose on higher education – and only on higher education – a new standard for accessibility that would essentially eliminate the existing provisions of accessibility law and regulation that allow institutions to meet a student’s need in relation to the curriculum in question and the technologies available.

Instead, it would restrict campus technology use to only those digital instructional materials and related technologies that are fully accessible from the start to all students regardless of the nature of the disability, the commercial availability of such materials and technologies, and the availability of reasonable accommodations. The bill also includes no provision for the “installed base” of campus technologies and materials, so at a minimum, the full scope of campus instructional technology could be impacted."


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