Bill to Improve Accessibility of College Materials Reintroduced in Senate
January 17, 2020

Legislation to create a commission to draft voluntary guidelines for accessible college instructional materials, which ACE has long supported, has been reintroduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

The bill—known as the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM HIGH) Act—is the result of several years of discussion between the higher education community and the National Federation of the Blind, the Association of American Publishers, and the Software and Information Industry Association, and represents a consensus among all of these stakeholder communities.

In a letter to Warren Jan. 16, ACE and six other higher education groups reiterated that equal access to higher education for students with disabilities is a critical issue and core value on our campuses. The AIM HIGH Act will provide colleges and universities with valuable guidance on how to incorporate technology that increases that fundamental accessibility.

The bill has bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate, and could advance as a standalone bill or as part of the ongoing reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.