While taking EDTC 6022 Designing Accessible Learning Communities, I had to complete three key assignments. The first key assignment was to complete an accessibility plan to promote accessibility and remove barriers. Winona ORC addresses accessibility concerns to enhance the quality of life for those served in our programs and services, implement nondiscriminatory employment practices, meet legal and regulatory requirements, and to meet the expectations of stakeholders in the areas of accessibility to curriculum, the physical environment, and written information.
The second key assignment was to create an effective accessibility plan using Universal Design for Learning principals that aligned with the goals and supported the Volusia County School district's comprehensive school improvement plan. The plan reflected the needs assessment that identified addressed the strengths and weaknesses identified during needs assessment, related to comprehensive school improvement goals or curriculum goals. The align was also aligned with Individualized Educational Plans, 504's, or other legal documents that guide curriculum, instruction, and support services. It addressed the Address No Child Left Behind, (NCLB), and The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, (IDEA) stipulations. The plan also built upon on the progress and status of previous plan's goals. The goal of the accessibility plan was to reduce and eliminate barriers to access the curriculum and to ensure full participation in the school community for students and prospective students with a disability.
The third key assignment was to build my own Professional Growth Plan. As a leader and coach in educational technology keeping up with not only the latest tools and the best practices is essential also, making the time and setting my course to do this is imperative. My Professional Growth Plan listed five goals and the actions steps I would be taking to reach each of the five goals..
It is vitally important that we provide high-quality, accessible curriculum, instruction, support, and tools to all learners in the community. By creating an accessible learning community removing and preventing barriers for students with disabilities, it helped me to be an effective educator in my field by seeing and understanding the barriers students with disabilities may face and how those barriers can be overcome. Creating an environment that is conducive for all to learn.