The benefits of distance learning

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The benefits of distance learning
Distance learning has really taken off in the last few years and with a bit of effort and tweaking, it won’t be long before more and more blind and visually impaired persons really start to take advantage of it.  I say, distance learning could be a real God Send to blind and visually impaired persons but not just to these types of persons.  To the print disabled, to others who find it difficult or inconvenient to travel to physical locations, and to seniors and retirees.
If designers, developers, and those in authority can work towards making distance learning more accessible, then we will be all set but what do I mean by making it more accessible?  They need to work towards making it easier for blind and visually impaired persons to access online facilities.  They need to design and develop screens that are easier to navigate.  They need to provide texts in alternative formats, not just PDF formats alone.  They need to make it easier for forms to be completed independently. 
Distance learning can open up a whole new world of opportunities for blind and visually impaired persons.  Just think!  Many more courses available, so much more to learn and experience, so easy to take from the comfort of their homes, but then there is something else.  Blind and visually impaired persons will now have to acquire the right combination of technology in order to take advantage of distance learning.  Doable you say?  Definitely possible.  Just ask the Hadley school for the blind.
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Donna Jodhan is an award winning blind author, advocate, sight loss coach, blogger, podcast commentator, and accessibility specialist.
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