Assistive Technology on College Campuses in Washington State

Abstract

Post-secondary institutions are legally required to provide accommodations to students with disabilities. This article details the results of a survey conducted assessing the assistive technology available on college campuses in Washington State. Fifteen college responses were analyzed according to our methodology, and statistics were gathered to infer conclusions about the results. Several forms of assistive hardware and software are discussed. In addition, a model is presented for implementing website accessibility. Finally, a phased plan for post-secondary institutions to implement proactive accessibility concludes our results. In sum, the surveyed colleges generally approach accessibility reactively, putting the onus on students with disabilities to discover inaccessible material and request accommodations.

Keywords: assistive technology, post-secondary, college, university, disabled, disabilities, Americans with Disabilities Act, accessibility