Today's Update: Wednesday, May 5
May 5, 2021
Dear Student Life Team, Students with disabilities have the right, legally and morally, to access the same learning materials as any other student. Student Life Disability Services is part of an effort in higher education nationally to make those materials more available.
Universities across the country spend a great deal of time and effort transforming printed texts into a variety of electronic formats (called remediation) to improve access for students with print disabilities. Because many of the same materials are used at multiple institutions, much of the effort is wasteful duplication.
That’s why FRAME is important. It stands for “Federated Repositories of Accessible Material for Higher Education,” and the project involves creating a web-based infrastructure, allowing schools to share remediated texts in the repository.
It reduces their nationwide duplication of effort, and so allows disability services offices to concentrate on other areas.
Student Life Disability Services, Ohio State Press and University Libraries are now part of this group, thanks in part to a grant from the Mellon Foundation to expand the program. Other schools involved are George Mason, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The project also involves sharing certain cutting-edge technologies to automate parts of the intensive remediation process.
It’s an exciting program, and a Scarlet and Great step toward enhancing the student experience for all of our students.