Publishers, universities struggle to provide timely access to accessible textbooks: Halliday

August 29, 2019

Publishers and universities lack the resources to provide accessible materials to disabled students in a timely fashion, writes Matthew Halliday. The problem has grown to the point that CNIB President John Rafferty sent a letter to university presidents nationwide, urging them to treat the matter with more urgency. Rafferty told Halliday that the response thus far has been “underwhelming.” “I know universities have a lot of pressures, and this is a small population of only about 4,500 students across the country. But it creates enormous barriers to success for them.” Halliday notes that, until universities and publishers develop a systematic solution, it will be a “patchwork” of individual faculty, administrators, publishers, and non-profits who shoulder the burden of maintaining accessibility. University Affairs (National)