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Starting a New Conversation: Initiating Reform to Alleviate the Burden that Higher Education Creates for Disabled Students and Faculty

By Dr. Regina A. Root

My name is Dr. Regina Root, and I am a professor of Hispanic Studies at William & Mary. My engagement with accessibility issues comes from first-hand experience as a person with vision impairment. For faculty who are struggling to find accessible texts for their own use—and especially texts in a foreign language—our experiences often parallel those of students with disabilities. This article focuses on three key issues impeding effective teaching and learning for students and faculty with disabilities—accessibility, representation, and cost.

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