Instructional Technology and Education of the Deaf

Supporting Learners, K — College
An International Symposium

National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY


Accessible Online and Educational Media: Research, Development and Standards

Geoff Freed

The CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) is pioneering the use of accessible media in the classroom through several projects. These activities will lead to the design of new access devices and procedures, educate software and hardware developers, and in general help assure that disabled students can reap the benefits of existing and emerging educational media.

1. Access to PIVoT Project

NCAM is collaborating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to make an on-line interactive physics course accessible to students with sensory disabilities. The project will test, implement, document and promote the development of multimedia access solutions and accessible Web site design.

2. Standards for Accessible Learning Technologies (SALT)

The SALT Partnership is a four-year initiative which involves partners from every facet of the distributed-learning industry. This project will develop and promote open-access specifications and support implementation models which enable people with disabilities to access distributed-learning resources.

3. Access to Rich Media Project

The Access to Rich Media Project develops and disseminates solutions relation to the accessibility of video, audio and other types of media. The project maintains a resource center with examples of accessible rich media, as well as links to a range of relevant resources. Under the Rich Media Project, NCAM is also developing version 2.0 of the Media Access Generator (MAGpie), a digital captioning and description application for the PC and Macintosh.