How to Secure Funding for Accessibility Technology & Programs
One of the biggest challenges to providing accessible technology at universities is allocating a budget. Luckily, there are various grants and funding opportunities you can use to secure funding for accessibility technology.
One important method for funding is in your own backyard. Seek local community support for your accessibility programs; foundations, corporations and individual donors can all participate in lessening the financial burden.
There are also government and other associations that are willing to help. For a complete guide to finding and applying for grants and scholarships, download the Updated 2017-2018 Grants and Funding Resource.
Spotlight on Video Captions
Educators are required by federal laws to caption all educational video to provide equal access for students with disabilities. With recent lawsuits in the news against UC Berkeley and Harvard and MIT for failing to provide captions on educational video, the pressure has multiplied on budget constrained educators.
The good news is that there are multiple benefits to utilizing captions in the learning environment, including improved learning outcomes.
A randomized controlled trial examined the impacts of captions on the reading comprehension skills of secondary school students in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Students using captioned media scored significantly higher than students in the comparison condition. In another study, Neilsen and PlanetRead research indicates that the use of Subtitles on TV doubled the number of functional early-age readers.
More Funding Resources:
- The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
- The Federal Register for Educational Technology Materials
- National Association of the Deaf
- National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
- Distance Education Captioning and Transcription Grant