[blindkid] Fw: [Beneblog: Technology Meets Society] Just Joined aNew Federal Commission!
Deborah Kent Stein
dkent5817 at att.net
Mon Oct 4 21:25:15 UTC 2010
Great to see this happening and to know that Jim Fruchterman is involved!
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aNew Federal Commission!
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> Robert Jaquiss
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> From: Jim Fruchterman
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> Sent: Monday, October 04, 2010 12:14 PM
> Subject: [Beneblog: Technology Meets Society] Just Joined a New Federal
> I recently was sworn in by Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter as
> one of nineteen people serving on the Advisory Commission on Accessible
> Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with
> Disabilities. The Commission has one year to do research, hold public
> hearings and make recommendations to Congress on what should be done to
> make higher education materials more accessible to students with
> We have top leaders from the Department, the disability community
> including students, publishers, the Copyright Office, academia and other
> experts. The law that Congress passed that directed the creation of the
> Commission has quite a number of issues we're supposed to work on,
> including definitions of qualifying students and instructional materials
> as well as considering what systems might be established to help
> accessibility be better delivered.
> The details are linked to here in the Federal Register, and includes a
> pointer to the actual law section. Our first meeting was mainly
> a.. We elected Gaier Dietrich and Jim Wendorf as chair and vice chair
> (two noteworthy disability leaders)
> b.. We were taught all about our ethics obligations and dos and don't as
> c.. We divided into groups tackling different aspects of our charge
> I'm excited about the promise of this Commission to figure out where we
> should go next. Opportunity to higher education is a crucial need for all
> students, and especially students with disabilities. People and
> organizations with an interest in this issue should be sure to participate
> in the public process and make sure their voices are heard.
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