E-books, Procurement and Students with Disabilities

Technology has transformed the American classroom, significantly altering methods of curriculum development and design, instruction, and assessment. Students engage with curriculum, their teachers and each other, much differently than they may have done as little as 20 years ago.

As the use of digital content continues to rise, it behooves teachers and procurement officers to be mindful of the needs of students with disabilities and the expectations and obligations inherent in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Much of the digital content available is delivered via e-books. Unfortunately, not all e-books are accessible to students unable to read standard print.

Brad Turner, Vice President Global Literacy at Benetech, recently posted seven accessibility questions for procurement teams to ask publishers to help ensuring that the e-books they purchase are accessible. To read Turner’s post, visit, Ebook Procurement Must Serve All Students


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