More and more classes are going online, and while it is great for people who can’t get to a brick and mortar building, there are still some issues that make online learning a headache for people with disabilities. Screenreaders can’t read the content, navigation is complex, etc.
With that said, here is a book suggestion online teachers and instructional designers: Making Online Teaching Accessible: Inclusive Course Design for People with Disabilities.
Awareness of this issue is important because if educators don’t take measures to make their courses accessible, this will cut out a whole group of potential students. That leaves people with disabilities even further behind than they already are.
Blackboard is currently the only learning management system to have received gold certification from the National Federation of the Blind for accessibility.
Here is more information on Blackboard’s accessibility initiatives: Blackboard Accessibility.