Volume X Number 1, August 2004

Call for Articles


Guest Editor: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
DO-IT Director, University of Washington

A special issue of the Information Technology and Disabilities (ITD) journal for Spring, 2005, will feature promising practices in promoting, developing, procuring and using accessible information technology in education. Consider submitting an article if you have a practice to share in this arena. The final product will be a guidebook that can be used by practitioners, both those who work with individuals with disabilities and those who work with technology in the mainstream.


We are hoping to include representation from around the country as well as from different levels of education (e.g., k-12 schools, technical training, higher education), types of instruction (e.g., on-site, web-based), and issues addressed (e.g., technical challenges, procurement policies and practices, training/support).

Articles should describe practices that have been proven with rigorous research or that have at least informal data (surveys, anecdotal evidence, indicators that suggest institutional change) to support the practice.

Examples of practices that might be included in this issue:


In order to make the practices documented in this issue of most use to practitioners, we suggest that authors use a relatively consistent format:

This issue of ITD will be an easy-to-read practical guide of promising practices that can be applied by others in the field. If you have something to share that could benefit others as they attempt to make information technology more accessible to individuals with disabilities, we encourage you to submit a promising practice for this issue of ITD.


Authors considering contributions to this issue should send abstracts of proposed articles to Sheryl Burgtahler at sherylb@u.washington.edu by November 15, 2004. A draft of the full article must be submitted by January 30, 2005. All articles published in ITD are peer reviewed, and are subject to possible rejection or revision based upon peer reviewer comments. Authors will be given an opportunity to update and revise their articles based upon peer review comments before final publication. ITD general publication guidelines are available at http://www.rit.edu/~easi/itd/guidelines.htm