Accessibility Resources

10 Tips for Accessible Websites

Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology’s top 10 tips for creating accessible websites.

Accessible Syllabus

Short videos created by Accessible U on practical suggestions to make your syllabus as accessible as possible.

Accessibility Blog

  • Why You (Usually) Need Row and Column Headers for Accessible Tables
    Tables are a great way to organize and share a lot of data and information. They help content creators and designers present facts and figures cleanly, when describing them in words and sentences may be difficult and tiresome. And, some types of information are natural fits for tables: rates, scores, standings, schedules, to name only a few.
  • Why You Need to Test Custom Use Cases for Accessibility
    There is more than one way to test a website There are a lot of website accessibility testing strategies being used today. Some are centered on testing a list of web pages independently of each other, essentially considering each web page in isolation. There are other strategies that focus on the most popular or prominent pages, like a home page or landing page, placing less importance on deeper-level pages. Many other variations exist, and it isn't hard to understand why these approaches are appealing — after all, home pages and landing pages are front doors and they're incredibly important, and testing pages independently in their entirety should help you catch accessibility issues.
  • Accessibility for Ridesharing Services: 2019 Update
    Perhaps the greatest benefit of owning a car is the independence that it provides: drivers can commute to work, run errands, visit friends and family, and much more. However, in recent years, many people are choosing to rely more heavily on ridesharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, instead of owning and maintaining their own vehicles.
  • Accessibility Improves Bounce Rates
    Implementing accessibility best practices on your website allows people with disabilities to consume your content and engage with you to the fullest extent. Many businesses are also realizing the many additional benefits of web accessibility.
  • Understanding WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 4.1.3: Status Messages
    The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 are the most up-to-date version of the most widely used standards for website accessibility. First introduced in June 2018, WCAG 2.1 was intended to fill in many of the gaps in website and mobile accessibility since the publication of WCAG 2.0 a decade prior in 2008.

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Accessibility Checklist

University of Washington is a leader in the Accessible Technology area. This checklist is a great reference for providing accessible web-based resources including electronic documents in Word, PDF, and other formats. Some areas to pay particular attention to are:

Accessibility Handbook

This Accessibility Handbook was developed by Portland Community College. It is a great resource with easy-to-follow guidelines on web accessibility, accessible slides, documents, PDFs, video, audio, images, and more.

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The new symbol of accessibility was designed by the Graphic Design Unit of the UN Department of Public Information in New York.

The Accessibility Logo was created to depict accessibility for persons with disabilities. This includes accessibility of information, services, communication technologies, as well as physical access. The logo symbolizes hope and equal access for all.

Accessibility Technologies

List of free technologies which can be used to improve accessibility of course content.

Best Practices for Educators and Instructors

Best practices to ensure the accessibility of self-created educational materials and presentations.

How to Write Meaningful Alt-Text

How to convey context and meaning without writing an essay!

Microsoft Accessible Templates

Word, Excel and PowerPoint Templates that help you make your content accessible to everyone. Start with an “accessible template”.

National Center on Disability and Access to Education Cheatsheets

The National Center on Disability and Access to Education created these one-page accessibility resources. There are “cheatsheets” on MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe, YouTube.

Perform OCR on a Scanned Document

Request your Adobe License through ITS. Use Adobe Pro DC to convert a scanned image to an accessible document using these steps.

Principles of Accessible Design

These key principles of accessible design from National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) are a list of easily implemented, basic principles that will ensure greater accessibility of web content.

UH COE Accessibility Toolkit

This guide was modified by UH College of Education, based on an Accessibility Toolkit developed as a collaboration between BCcampus and and CAPER-BC licensed BB-BY 4.0. The goal of the Accessibility Toolkit is to provide the resources needed so that each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, teaching assistant, etc. has the opportunity to create truly open and accessible digital content — that is free and accessible for all students.

University of San Francisco

USF has a very easy-to-understand website on Accessibility.

Web Accessibility for Online Course Content

This site includes a very useful Web Accessibility Handbook created by Portland Community College and licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

Web Accessibility Techniques

This resource from National Disability Authority (NDA) has resources divided in three sections for Developers, Designers, and Content Providers . For most instructors, focus on the Designers and Content Provider sections which have pointers for use of images, colors, multimedia, and how to write meaningful aalternativetext.


Training and resources to make web content accessible to people with disabilities

Webinars by 3PlayMedia

3Play Media is a company that provides closed captioning, transcription, and audio description services. They have recorded webinars that are a helpful resource to learn about accessibility from a wide-range of experts.

Web Accessibility Checkers

See Accessibility Checkers in Sidebar (right column).