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Satellite event examines challenges of distance education for the disabled

October 15, 2002

The first in a three-part series, "Critical Challenges in Distance Education," will be presented in Room 121 of the Woodward Library, Oct. 17, 2002 from 1:30 - 3 p.m. This live satellite event focuses on issues and requirements related to the American's With Disabilities Act.

A panel of experts will examine basic information on adaptive technologies (what the law does and does not require) and how to make distance learning courses more accessible and effective. The event will also demonstrate how good course design and low or no-cost solutions can increase usability and decrease the need for adaptive technologies and retrofitting existing courses.

The panelists include Sheryl Burgstahler, director, Project DO-IT, University of Washington; Norman Coombs, CEO, EASI; Saome Heyward, civil rights attorney; and Cyndi Rowland, director WebAIM.

Persons interested in the series can read more about it by going to

All faculty, administrators and staff are encouraged to attend. Seating is limited to 40. Call 1014, or send an email to to reserve your space.

The program will be videotaped, and the license allows use of the program on closed cable system for the life of the videotape.