The Americans with Disabilities Act makes sure that all people have an equal opportunity to work and learn in the United States. Even so, actually getting to a physical classroom is a big challenge for some. Regardless of how accessible the school is, the student still has to navigate transportation, the need for special services, and even the social stigma of a disability. Online learning is a great option for people with disabilities.
An Education Is a Click Away
Although online learning doesn’t completely take away trips to a physical classroom, it does take away most of the travel. A disabled student can better manage the occasional trip to the university while simply logging onto his or her chosen online school. There are online Bachelors programs for almost every degree possible, and many of these programs are part of to well established universities with excellent reputations.
The teaching methods are somewhat different, but the course of study is the same. Online learning environments are vibrant, challenging and social experiences that help connect people from all walks of life in a common experience.
It’s Well Rounded Collaborative Learning
Collaborative learning combines students from all learning backgrounds and all walks of life to solve a common problem. Extremely bright students team up with students with learning disabilities. Physically active students team up with people with physical disabilities. These diverse experiences collaborate to come up with complete solutions to complex issues.
In the online environment, these students can have vibrant discussions and collaborations without being in the same place. The collaborative experience becomes superior to the traditional classroom model. It also displays the full abilities of the person with a disability that the other students might not otherwise know.