About the Commission
Purpose of the Advisory Commission
The Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities (Commission) was established by Section 709 the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. Section 709 amended Title VII by adding a new Subpart D. Section 772 of Subpart D provides that the Commission study the current state of accessible materials for students with disabilities in postsecondary education and make recommendations to improve the quality and abundance of accessible instructional materials.
To fulfill its legislative charge, the Commission will present a report to Congress that outlines specific recommendations for increasing the amount of accessible, cost-effective instructional materials that are available to students with disabilities who attend postsecondary institutions. Specific report recommendations include:
- Ways to support the model demonstration programs authorized under Section 773 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The purpose of the model programs is to improve the quality and efficiency of the delivery of instructional materials to postsecondary students with disabilities.
- Identifying best practices in systems for collecting, maintaining, processing, and disseminating materials in specialized formats to students with print disabilities at costs comparable to instructional materials for postsecondary non-disabled students.
- Methods that comply with applicable copyright law and improve the effective use of accessible materials by higher education faculty and staff.
- How to modify the legal definitions of “instructional materials,” “authorized entities,” and “eligible students” to improve services to students with disabilities.
- How to inform current federal legislation and regulations.
Advisory Commission Membership
The Commission is composed of nineteen members appointed by members of Congress and the Secretary of Education for a single term of one year:
- Eleven members that represent government agencies and organizations specified by Congress in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008
- Eight members appointed by the United States Secretary of Education
Overview of the the Commission
- Higher Education Opportunity Act, Public Law 110–315
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- Charter of the Commission—Section 772 of Public Law 110-315