The Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disability (AIM Commission) issued a report this past Tuesday making recommendations for increased accessibility for students with different abilities. Over 150 pages long, the report's recommendations are broad and far-reaching but many of them pertain specifically to the ways instructional technology and design can be used to bolster greater educational outcomes and opportunities for students.
Campus Technology reports that, while advising against adopting a single resource repository or a single file format, the commission made recommendations on software, textbooks, and institutions. Some highlights include better search technology to locate materials, adoption and inclusion of a common set of accessibility-related metadata, and greater support for authoring technology tools. The commission also recommended greater faculty involvement. In addition to calling for more and better training, the commission also encouraged institutions develop means through which faculty can be engaged with the development, design, and creation of accessibility-related materials and services.
The full report can be found here.