Accessibility Is…

Accessibility Is…

  • the ethical duty of all who create or publish digital content.
  • provided for all students, with no expectation of an explanation of need
  • expected for disabilities that are easily anticipated

As an instructor, you need to ensure that the materials used in your classes are accessible to all students. eLearning is here to help ease this transition by providing training and assistance to faculty. Let’s work together to make sure all students have equal opportunity to achieve their educational goals.

The Faculty eLearning Center Accessibility resources will show you how to apply accessibility requirements to your course materials. Please use the links on the left to access guides on applying accessibility concepts in common materials such as Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Google Docs, PDF documents, audio or video.

This page is a work-in-progress and more content will be added weekly.

This site is mainly to help instructors. Help for online students with disabilities is another website, but which can also be found under the Help menu in D2L.

Step-by-step guides

Instructors: Use these step-by-step guides to make your content accessible.

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Questions to ask publishers

Online materials provided by publishers must be accessible. If not, you as the instructor will need to provide an accessible, equally effective learning experience option for each inaccessible one. Ask your publisher these questions before adopting tools and materials.

Definition of Accessible

“Accessible” means a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use. The person with a disability must be able to obtain the information as fully, equally and independently as a person without a disability. Although this might not result in identical ease of use compared to that of persons without disabilities, it still must ensure equal opportunity to the educational benefits and opportunities afforded by the technology and equal treatment in the use of such technology. (Office of Civil Rights in the Resolution agreement with South Carolina Technical College System, 2/18/13