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A Practical Guide to Pushing Your K-12 EdTech Partners to Deliver Authentic Equity in Education

taught by: Claire Benedikt


Session Summary

K-12 accessibility evaluators and other decision-makers know WCAG 2.0 AA compliance from big publishers and other vendors is not enough to give all students equal opportunities to learn. In this session, we will talk about the constraining factors that frustrate the pursuit of equity in education for disabled K-12 students in public schools. We will look at the areas where you can reasonably demand more from your publishers and vendors.


Description

Whatever your role, I want you to know your expectations of equity from the K-12 EdTech industry are the very key to unlocking it. By the end of this session, participants will be better equipped to lead K-12 EdTech vendors, publishers, and other partners toward delivering genuine equity in education.

We will briefly acknowledge the complicating factors at play, but then I want to take the conversation to the next level. I want you to learn where WCAG stops and we must start. I want to show you how to brandish the phrase "disabled students" like a pennant to lead your K-12 EdTech industry partners in the right direction. In the context of the K-12 EdTech industry, I want to show you how to push equity out of the world of assurances and into the world of measurable and accountable commitments. Join me under the banner that reads: "We will find a way, or make one."


Practical Skills

  • Recognize “minimum” compliance versus genuine inclusivity
  • Create a plan to improve equity in education outcomes with your available data
  • Push vendors, publishers, and other providers toward genuine equity in education.