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Accessibility For Online Content

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Providing accessible instructional materials for your classes is for the benefit of all students as accessibility removes the barriers students may face from obtaining the information you provide as an instructor. Making your instructional materials accessible allows assistive technology (such as a screen-reading software) to read aloud the content for users who cannot see the content. Screen-reading software is commonly used by people with visual impairments and sometimes those with learning disabilities.

Designing for Online Accessibility

Another term for accessibility is universal design, and is the principle that any one document or tool can be accessed by any user regardless of the device (e.g. visual browser, screen reader, mobile device) he or she is using.

Get Basic Help with Your Content

Download copies of the Online Accessibility Quick Guide or  Accessibility Handbook. This will give you basic steps that will be helpful to get started.

Who’s Responsible for Accessibility

Accessibility  is a shared responsibility. This chart shows who’s responsible for accessibility of online content based on roles. What roles do the instructor, Disability Support Services and Educational Media Technologies play in making a course accessible? Let’s work together to make sure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve their educational goals! Here is an Accessibility Guide to help you get started.

Step by Step How-to Instructions

Follow these  how-to instructions on making these document types, math and science, and media types accessible for all students. (See the full list of NMC Accessible Guidelines for online content.)

 

Ask your publisher about accessibility

Online materials by your publisher must also be accessible.  If the materials are not accessible, you as the instructor will need to provide an accessible, equally effective learning experience option for each inaccessible one. Please ask your publisher’s these questions before adopting their online tools and materials. Questions you should always ask your Publisher.

 

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