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RE: Jan 29 minutes

From: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 09:45:20 -0600
Message-ID: <C46A1118E0262B47BD5C202DA2490D1A1E307D@MAIL02.austin.utexas.edu>
To: <caldwell@trace.wisc.edu>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Thanks, Ben. Sounds like y'all got lots done after I signed off-- I
should do that more often:-)

I'm still concerned about our treatment of time-based testing.  At least
in the United States, some students with disabilities are legally
entitled to extend the time-limits to which students without
disabilities are subject.  For example, a student with a learning
disability might be legally entitled to 1.5 hours for a test that
classmates must complete in one hour or less.  It seems to me that there
has to be provision for *someone* to make that allowance-- if not the
student, then the instructor.

Course management systems like Blackboard and WebCT automatically pull
student data from the registrar's databases, and I had thought that the
registrar's database could be made to include data on students'
disabilities and the accommodations to which they are legally entitled.
However, I was told that there are legal barriers (in the US) to doing
this-- apprently disability status is one type of personal data that
cannot be shared among different units on campus.

Since this sort of time-limit on testing can't be automatically adjusted
for individuals, it seems that we need to pull time-based testing out as
a separate situation.


"Good design is accessible design." 
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John Slatin, Ph.D.
Director, Accessibility Institute
University of Texas at Austin
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-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Ben Caldwell
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2004 9:02 am
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Subject: Jan 29 minutes

Just posted yesterday's minutes. Thanks to Loretta for volunteering to
take notes.


Ben Caldwell | <caldwell@trace.wisc.edu>
Trace Research and Development Center <http://trace.wisc.edu>   
Received on Friday, 30 January 2004 10:46:16 UTC

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