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SXSWedu 2014

Education for All: Accessibility Innovations

Technology is revolutionizing learning, but not the way we as educators expected that it would. Tablets and smartphones get the press, but the real story is how these tools can enhance the learning experience for students who have disabilities and eliminate accessibility barriers for non-traditional learners.

Scientists who observe how the brain absorbs information agree; no two people learn the same way. So why is there resistance in education to using these digital tools to personalize the learning experience for students? Isn't this the ultimate goal – one to one education?

This panel of education thought leaders and practitioners will discuss the deeper transformation that occurs when new technologies, such as digital media, blended learning techniques, MOOCs, text-to-speech, speech-to-touch, and text-to-touch, are combined with forward-thinking instructional methodologies that remove accessibility barriers for non-traditional learners with – and without – disabilities.

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  1. What if I have a student with autism? If I'm using a video, how can I ensure that my hard of hearing students will get value from it? How can instructors select their curriculum and instructional strategies to maximize the learning of all students? How is the field of universal design (UD) providing a framework for instruction?
  2. What are the three most revolutionary Accessibility innovations that we’re going to see in the next five years? How will these innovations make learning more engaging for those with disabilities? What are the barriers to implementing these technologies?
  3. How are scientists, technology entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and users working together to make sure that the technology developed meets the needs of people with disabilities? How can we foster tighter collaboration between these groups?


  • John Baker, President and Chief Executive Officer, Desire2Learn, Desire2Learn
  • Kel Smith, Executive Leader for Digital Innovation, Anikto LLC
  • David Rose, Founder and Chief Education Officer, CAST
  • Anne Taylor, Director of Access Technology, The National Federation of the Blind


Brian Merrill, senior vice president, fama PR

Meta Information:

  • Tags: education, accessibility
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Accessibility & Special Education
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Beginning
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