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

  • What Are the Four Major Categories of Accessibility?
    The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are organized by four main principles, which state that content must be POUR: Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust. WCAG is the most-referenced set of standards in website accessibility lawsuits and is widely considered the best way to achieve accessibility.
  • LEGO Releases Audio and Braille Instructions Pilot Program
    Back in 2010, thirteen-year-old Matthew Shifrin wanted to build a LEGO castle. Following the LEGO building instructions at the time, which consisted only of photographs, was just about impossible for someone blind, like Matthew. Fortunately, his babysitter Lilya Finkel stepped in and gave him a binder of Braille instructions she had written for him of the “Battle of Alamut” castle LEGO set. Due to the duo’s efforts since then, LEGO announced in August 2019 that it has created a pilot program for audio and Braille instructions.
  • Who Decides If a Website Is Accessible?
    Web accessibility is a hot topic and it's here to stay — but with so many organizations learning and implementing its guiding principles and best practices, who actually gets to decide whether or not a website is accessible?
  • It's Okay to Feel Good About Accessibility
    It's no secret web accessibility lawsuits are on the rise and that industries from education to retail to hospitality are increasingly adding compliance measures to help their websites and apps stay compliant with laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Labor Day and Accessibility: Celebrate and Empower All Workers
    Labor Day 2019 marked the 125th as a national holiday, a day the US Department of Labor says "celebrates and honors the greatest worker in the world – the American worker." Let's be certain we include the contributions of the members of the workforce with disabilities in that celebration and continue to work to create a more inclusive and more accessible workplace that empowers the future achievements of all workers.

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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).