[Athen] Cisco's NetAcademy and accessibility for a non-sighted student

Kellie Sturgeon sturgek at linnbenton.edu
Thu Jun 21 08:45:15 PDT 2018

I have a student who is non-sighted and has been since birth. He reads
braille and is very technologically savvy. He has obtained a few
certifications from Cisco in IT support outside of our institution and is
now enrolled here in our Web/Database Technology (AS) program.

The first two terms of this program require that he takes Introduction to
Networks and Routing and Switching Essentials courses which are part of the
Cisco Certified Entry-level Network Technician Certification (CCENT)
facilitated by
an instructor here qualified to do that, but the program is entirely run
through Cisco's NetAcademy.

It seems that Cisco is trying hard to be as accessible as they can, but it
has been this student's previous experience that Cisco's NetAcademy
continues to be significantly problematic for a completely non-sighted

I am reaching out to see if someone (or some institution) may have
come across this before. I am thinking that somewhere a precedence for
making these Cisco courses accessible to non-sighted students can be found.

*Warm Regards,*

*Kellie Sturgeon, BSN, BA, MA*

*sturgek at linnbenton.edu <sturgek at linnbenton.edu> *

Accessible Technology Specialist
Center for Accessibility Resources (CFAR)
Linn-Benton Community College
Red Cedar Hall Rm 118
(541) 917-4865
Albany, OR 97321

"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all
others." ~Cicero (106 - 43 BCE)
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