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It’s Not Goodbye Just Yet

2020 September 3
by Amaya Webster

During these tumultuous times of COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders, there has been a dramatic move to an increasingly virtual life. People across the nation and around the world need more community support and engagement, as well as resources to assist them through new modes of operating. With the strong community that we have built throughout the tenure of the DIAGRAM and DIAGRAM+ awards, we are now well positioned to help both students with disabilities and the broader population navigate the challenges of moving day-to-day life to a virtual setting. This quarter we dove into action, dedicating our time to planning the best way to accommodate these new and unexpected student needs and ways to roll out resources as quickly as possible during this unprecedented situation.

Highlights include:

  • The expansion of Mathshare features to support remote learning and the addition of new accessibility features to increase usability for students with a variety of learning styles.
  • The creation of Imageshare 3.0, a completely born accessible site with an improved user interface and a more intuitive layout.
  • The 2020 DIAGRAM Code Sprint, which was conducted in a one hundred percent virtual format.
  • Participation in organizing and presenting at the “Students with Additional Needs in Remote Learning Environments Unconference”.

For those of you wondering why we are continuing to release and plan for upcoming releases of products when the official end date of the DIAGRAM + award was slated for August 31, 2020, good news! OSEP has approved a no-cost extension for us to continue our work.

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