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Students with Disabilities
The WashingtonOnline web site and classrooms follow WC3
Section 508 Web Accessibility guidelines for universal access. If you have a disability that requires accommodation, you must register
through a college campus and follow the procedures of that college for
accommodation. Instructors will accommodate students with disabilities
when proper documentation is received from the college office.
The Disabled Student
Services offices of the Washington community & technical colleges
strive to ensure equal access to educational programs and services
to people with disabilities and to improve the campus
community's understanding of diversity issues. Contact your college for
more specific information using the 'College Info Lookup' Box on the student
services home page.
The Blackboard text box editor is based on a Microsoft-authored Active-X control, and does not work with screen readers.
The suggested remedy to this is to disable the Blackboard text box editor, leaving the standard text box functionality available
to students using screen readers.
To disable the text box editor (from within Blackboard):
- click on "Personal Information" in the Blackboard left hand navigation box
click "Set Text Box Editor Options"
select "Disable" under "Enable/Disable Text Box Editor"
to disable the WYSIWYG editor for IE
International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet
WC3 Web Accessibility Guidelines
The HEATH Resource Center of The George Washington University,
School of Education and Human Development, is the national clearinghouse
on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Support
from the U.S. Department of Education enables the clearinghouse to serve
as an information exchange about educational support services, policies,
procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical
schools, and other postsecondary training entities.
The HEATH resource
paper Creating Options: A Resource on Financial Aid for Students with
Disabilities - The HEATH resource paper that describes federal aid
programs and how they benefit students with disabilities. Students should
also contact the Financial Aid Office of at the colleges they are considering
information about any campus-based assistance that may be available.