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ACE Supports Bill to Promote Equal Access to Education for Students with Disabilities

March 29, 2017

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​ACE sent a letter today to Reps. Phil Roe (R-TN) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) in support of their bill to establish an independent commission to develop voluntary accessibility guidelines for postsecondary electronic instructional materials.

The congressmen introduced the measure—known as the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM-HIGH) Act​—in the House this afternoon.

“Inclusion is a core value of higher education, and this legislation provides a path forward to help colleges and universities increase accessibility and equal opportunities to learn,” ACE wrote in the letter. “We look forward to the endeavors of the commission that is created by this legislation, and are eager to work with Congress and our member institutions to ensure that this important bill is passed.”

The commission will be comprised of representatives of persons with disabilities, institutions of higher education, developers and manufacturers of instructional materials, and non-profit organizations that provide accessible electronic materials.

ACE is working to pass this bill in collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind, the Association of American Publishers and the Software and Information Industry Association.

The measure also is backed by a wide array of higher education associations, including EDUCAUSE; the Association of Research Libraries; the Association of American Universities; the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; the American Association of State Colleges and Universities; and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

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