[NFBMO] National Federation of the Blind and Pearson Announce Agreement to Promote Equal Access to Education

Roger Crome r_crome1 at msn.com
Tue Oct 6 22:40:21 UTC 2020

I am hopeful that Pearson’s commitment level to this is a sincere effort.  There are so many areas of concern in my opinion.  Pearson is failing in the realm of accommodation.  I was told by the NFB National office that we would be hard pressed to prove that Pearson was not providing diligence to creating as equivalent of an experience with regard to testing accommodations.  i do not agree with this assessment when I have watched many people go from purchasing study materials to sitting for llicensure in less than two weeks.  My journey with this took right at six months.
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> On Oct 6, 2020, at 4:26 PM, National Federation of the Blind via NFBMO <nfbmo at nfbnet.org> wrote:
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> BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (OCTOBER 6, 2020): The National Federation of the Blind
> (NFB), the nation's leading advocate for the equal education and employment
> of the blind, and Pearson, the world's learning company, have announced a
> formal agreement to enhance the accessibility of Pearson's educational
> products and courses, deepen Pearson's culture of accessibility, and
> accelerate the effectiveness of Pearson's accessibility efforts broadly.
> Ultimately the shared goal of the NFB and Pearson is to identify and remove
> accessibility barriers that prevent blind students from receiving a full
> learning experience. The agreement, officially announced [2] at the recent
> 2020 National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind,
> formalizes and expands upon previous collaboration between the two
> organizations. The agreement comes as blind students are being
> disproportionately affected by COVID-19. 
> The agreement's components include: 
>    * The National Federation of the Blind is now formally acting in a
> consulting role with Pearson to inform Pearson's accessibility roadmap and
> specific product remediation and to review and advise Pearson on the
> accessibility roadmaps for its key higher education and assessment
> products. 
>    * The National Federation of the Blind is helping Pearson promote a
> culture of accessibility internally.
>    * Pearson is establishing a communications channel through which the
> National Federation of the Blind can directly and regularly inform Pearson
> about accessibility issues that blind students are experiencing. This will
> help Pearson to respond and remediate barriers more quickly, and in turn
> Pearson will keep the NFB apprised of resolutions.
>    * Pearson has already begun to conduct an audit of its most important
> higher education products. This focuses on more than 40 of its most widely
> used MyLab and Mastering courses, with the goal to identify and remediate
> accessibility issues as quickly as possible. Pearson is also conducting
> audits of key user journeys through the MyLab and Mastering products, such
> as registration, completing homework assignments, and using the eText, to
> ensure that blind students have a simple and positive experience with these
> products.
>    * Pearson will share accessibility updates on its public-facing websites
> and make details on accessibility status and plans available to customers
> who need them.
> "The National Federation of the Blind has long called upon Pearson to
> improve the accessibility of its products and to be accountable for its
> efforts to blind students, to parents, and to schools," said Mark
> Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. "We commend
> Pearson for answering that call by entering into this agreement and we look
> forward to the collaboration and innovation promised by this new
> partnership." 
> "As a leader in education, we can only fulfill our mission to serve all
> learners by making our products and services accessible to the blind and
> all people with disabilities. I am proud that Pearson and the National
> Federation of the Blind have officially locked arms and begun working in
> concert towards a more accessible future for blind learners," said Tim
> Bozik, President for Global Product and North America Courseware for
> Pearson. "As many blind students are being disproportionately affected by
> COVID, this is an especially important time for us to advance our work
> together." 
> In addition to this partnership, Pearson and the National Federation of the
> Blind recently expanded a Corporate Disability Mentoring Program [3] to
> help blind youth learn and succeed in their careers. The expanded program
> is also an opportunity for Pearson employees to learn directly from blind
> mentees and better understand their lived experiences. 
> ### 
> The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), headquartered in Baltimore, is
> the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans. Founded
> in 1940, the NFB consists of affiliates, chapters, and divisions in the
> fifty states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. The NFB defends the rights of
> blind people of all ages and provides information and support to families
> with blind children, older Americans who are losing vision, and more. We
> believe in the hopes and dreams of blind people and work together to
> transform them into reality. Learn more about our many programs and
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> Chris Danielsen
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> National Federation of the Blind
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