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Acquire Technology That Includes Options for the Broadest Range of Variability

When reviewing and selecting technology, educators think about the abilities and challenges of all students in the district. Such consideration leads to the exploration of universally designed materials and the inclusion of options that are designed into hardware and software. A robust set of options support customization that increases use by students with the broadest possible range of strengths and challenges. For some students the options provide choices they may prefer for some tasks in some environments. For other students, a customized set-up of options can lower barriers that, without the options, would prevent the effective use of the materials.

Resources

Understanding the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) (AEM Center at CAST)

Is It Accessible? Questions to Ask Before Selecting Educational Materials (AEM Center at CAST)

Five Things Educators Can Do to Buy Accessible (AEM Center at CAST)

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