WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- While participating in this year's Interagency Disability Educational Awareness Showcase (IDEAS) conference, CourseAvenue today announced the winners of the 2010 Accessible eLearning Leadership Awards. These awards recognize those organizations that are producing accessible eLearning courses -- eLearning courses that serve both those learners who use assistive technologies and those who do not, without the need to create multiple versions of each course. These industry leaders have demonstrated how the intelligent use of instructional design and technology can produce eLearning titles in the true spirit of complying with both the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974.
Producing accessible eLearning has been an elusive goal for many. Although the ADA and Section 508 are federal law, too often compliance is either nonexistent or an afterthought. And while those who use assistive technologies arguably have the most to gain from online education, compliance often means, at best, a "plain HTML" or "PDF" version of an eLearning course. These award winners clearly show that the days of creating separate or limited eLearning courses to achieve ADA and Section 508 compliance are over.
Congratulations to the recognized leaders for 2010. A donation to Spectrios Institute for Low Vision will be made on behalf of each of the winners.
PSI, Inc. Planned Systems International
"Veterans Affairs' My Recovery Plan®"
ILRU Independent Living Research Utilization
"Foundations of Independent Living"
"Google Search & Gmail"
About the Accessible eLearning Leadership Award
The Accessible eLearning Leadership Awards recognize organizations in Commercial, Notforprofit, and Government categories that demonstrate dedication to advancing the field of Accessible eLearning through successful development and deployment of education materials that meet or exceed the standards defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974. For more information, visit http://www.CourseAvenue.com/Award
As part of recognizing these leading organizations, a donation will be made on their behalf to the Spectrios Institute for Low Vision (www.spectrios.org) -- an organization that provides comprehensive visual rehabilitation programs that includes a low vision evaluation, counseling, and teaching the skills of daily living and the use of technology.