[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!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Jaquiss" <rjaquiss at earthlink.net>
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Subject: [blindkid] Fw: [Beneblog: Technology Meets Society] Just Joined 
aNew Federal Commission!

> Hello:
>     I thought the following would be of interest. If you want to join the 
> Beneblog, see the end of the message.
> Regards,
> Robert Jaquiss
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: Jim Fruchterman
> To: rjaquiss at earthlink.net
> Sent: Monday, October 04, 2010 12:14 PM
> Subject: [Beneblog: Technology Meets Society] Just Joined a New Federal 
> Commission!
> 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 
> disabilities.
> 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 
> preparatory:
>  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 
> commissioners
>  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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