The shift to an online learning environment last spring required an increase in virtual communication through websites, email, and social media—and intensified the university’s focus on promoting accessible materials.
Some students with disabilities have found the transition to virtual learning environments during COVID-19 to be freeing and flexible, leading advocates to wonder which accommodations might endure well beyond the pandemic.
Anna Landre plans to use the scholarship to study policies that could open up new opportunities for people with disabilities.
In the absence of clear federal guidelines for how to make online education accessible for all, disability rights advocates are calling on educators to be mindful of student needs, follow best practices, and get creative as they navigate the switch to distance learning.
Schools are partnering with AI companies to process accessibility requests, assist professors and translators, and personalize learning.
The Washington Post recently profiled Georgetown University sophomore Anna Landre and her call to view disability as a core part of a person’s identity, rather than a deficit to overcome.
A significant increase in college programs and funding for students with intellectual disabilities offers social/emotional growth and job opportunities.