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Title:Lacking Sight But Not Websites: Internet Accessibility and Blind Students at the University of Illinois
Author(s):Tiffany, Lauren
assistive technology
screen readers
Abstract:How do assistive technologies, particularly screen readers, help blind students at the University of Illinois to navigate the internet for academic purposes? This paper looks into how accessible the internet is for blind students at the University of Illinois and what measures are taken to ensure that their ability to complete their course work is not hindered by their lack of vision. The paper focuses on blind students' use of the internet for academic purposes, rather than social purposes. The use and effectiveness of currently available screen readers and similar assistive technologies was closely observed. Additionally, the accessibility of the University's resources, as well as its compliance to current technology laws and regulations, was put under scrutiny. After collecting and analyzing information, one can conclude that from an academic standpoint, nearly all internet materials used are accessible for screen readers. Additionally, the University is very aware of the need for accessibility and is constantly working to improve the current technology used by blind students.
Issue Date:2012
Course / Semester:English 199/CHP; Spring 2012
Instructor, Catherine Prendergast
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-07-04

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  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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