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Learning Ventures to offer course on Americans with Disabilities Act compliance

This summer, Learning Ventures at The University of Toledo will begin offering a course for faculty looking to make their online courses more accessible.

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act, colleges and universities must ensure equal access to all electronic communication — including online courses.

The ADA Compliance and Online Courses certification course offered by Learning Ventures will make it easier for faculty to provide equal access to all of their students.

“The Americans with Disabilities Act provides a wealth of guidance to institutions of higher education to ensure a satisfying learning environment for students with disabilities,” said David Cutri, director of internal audit and chief compliance officer.

The six-week, self-paced course will cover topics like accessibility law and formatting course content and other documents for accessibility. It will begin Monday, May 18, and goes until Sunday, June 28, and is offered entirely online.

“The course is self-paced and flexible in its execution, which will allow you to learn in your own way and in your own time,” Cutri said. “You will learn that not only is the ADA the law of the land, it also provides a blueprint for maximizing student success — which is good business.”

The course is designed to prepare faculty for addressing accessibility when designing and developing their online courses. The course covers topics that range from discussing accessibility law to identifying course design considerations for inclusivity and learning how to format course content and other documents for accessibility.

For questions regarding the course, contact Peter You, director for instructional design and development, at 419.530.4016 or at peter.you@utoledo.edu.