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How The Switch To Online Courses During The Pandemic Could Benefit People With Disabilities In The Future

Kristie Orr, a disability resources expert and part of a group that advises Gov. Greg Abbott, says the pandemic opened up new ways of thinking about accessible education.
By Lesley Henton, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications June 10, 2020

Texas A&M University Director of Disability Resources Kristie Orr said a silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has opened up new avenues of accessible education both for people with disabilities and those without.

Orr spoke about her new role on the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities.

She also discussed Texas A&M’s rapid switch to online education due to the pandemic and said what has resulted is an opportunity to think more about “universal design for learning,” an approach in designing courses to make them more accessible.

The approach, she said, has the potential to benefit not only people with disabilities, but everyone.

Media contact: Lesley Henton, lshenton@tamu.edu

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