What is accessibility?
Accessibility refers to allowing all students equal access to learning material. This would take into account the limitations that are brought on by specific disabilities such as: visual, auditory, mobility, and cognitive impairments.
It is the instructor's responsibility to provide fully-accessible learning modules. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires all electronic information that is technology developed, procured, maintained or used will be fully accessible by people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities must have an equal opportunity to participate and benefit from services provided to other students.
- use an alternative text tags for every non-text element (e.g. images, graphics, links, etc.)
- provide appropriate document structure (e.g. headings, lists, and other structures help facilitate keyboard navigation)
- make sure all areas are accessible with the keyboard
- keep layouts consistent from page to page
- use visual cues to highlight important information but do not rely on color alone to convey meaning
- avoid bright flashing elements
- design large buttons
- use simple, clear font
- provide tactile drawings
- use underlining for emphasis
- provide Braille handouts when necessary
Videos (including YouTube)
- must be captioned in compliance with Section 508. For exceptions see Faculty/FAQ/Course Accessibility section.
- captioned text must be synchronized with audio (i.e. transcripts will not suffice)
- provide transcripts or text equivalents
- transcripts should provide additional descriptions that may be beneficial (such as laughter or sound effects)
- add tags to your PDF documents
- note: PDF files can be sent to
Alternate Media to be made accessible