Accessible Course Design and Meeting Student Needs

As you being to design and update your courses for the fall, it is important to keep accessibility in mind. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that individuals with disabilities have access to electronic and information technology that is comparable to those who do not have a disability. Although many instructors only think about creating accessible documents when they are contacted by Student Disability Services, documents that meet accessibility standards can be helpful for all students, even those without a documented disability. Luckily, creating accessible course materials whether for use in Blackboard or another online delivery method, particularly Word documents and PDFs, is not as difficult as you might think. Academic Technologies can help you begin thinking about some of the things you can do to make your course materials more accessible.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to know more, or visit a few getting started links below.

How to design accessible content for Blackboard

Making PDFs accessible

Tips from Adobe on Accessible Design

Word documents and Accessible Design

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