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Virtual High Schools: Do Measures Exist to Ensure Access to Students with Disabilities?

These policies relate to requirements that students with disabilities are ensured access to virtual high school programs.

Accessibility is required of all public schools. Policies should cover technological access and curriculum adaptations for students who commonly use assistive technologies and/or auxiliary aids.

Highlights:

Seven of the states with virtual high schools assure access.

Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agencies, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

Sources for all data points are available through this link.

Last updated: December 3, 2007

Research conducted by Melodye Bush and Michael Colasanti. Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth (303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org) with comments or questions about this database.

Are students with disabilities required to have access to assistive technology devices for online learning?
Alabama No
Alaska
American Samoa
Arizona No information available
Arkansas Yes
California No
Colorado No
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida Yes
Georgia No
Guam
Hawaii No
Idaho No
Illinois No
Indiana No
Iowa No
Kansas
Kentucky Yes
Louisiana No
Maine
Maryland Yes
Massachusetts
Michigan No
Minnesota Yes
Mississippi No
Missouri No
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico Yes, schools must provide accompanying electronic formats for students using assistive technology.
New York
North Carolina No
North Dakota Yes, students with special needs must notify the Center for Distance Education's principal. The Center will assess those needs to help better serve the student.
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon No
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina No
South Dakota No
Tennessee
Texas No
Utah No
Vermont
Virgin Islands
Virginia No
Washington
West Virginia No
Wisconsin No
Wyoming


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