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

  • CCPA Still Expected to Be Enforced Starting July 1, Requires Accessible Notices and Policies
    The California Attorney General is expected to direct his office to begin enforcing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) on July 1, 2020. The Final Text of Proposed Regulations clarifies that businesses must make privacy and opt-out information accessible to consumers with disabilities and recommends WCAG 2.1 as the standard for accessibility compliance.
  • If Your Accessibility Solution Can be Turned On and Off, You've Still Got an Accessibility Problem
    The rise in demand for accessible digital experiences has led to a surge in innovation around how to achieve digital accessibility compliance. To counter one of the common misconceptions that implementing accessibility is a cost rather than an investment, some products are being introduced to the market to appeal to buyers who want a quick and cheap solution. Many of these are overlays or widgets that can be turned on and off, which may sound great at first, but this can't be stated clearly enough: if your accessibility solution can be turned on and off, you've still got an accessibility problem.
  • Why Accessibility Must Be Part of Your Marketing Plan
    Marketing content that excludes people with disabilities, even unintentionally, prevents millions of people from learning about your products and interacting with your brand. To make your business as open and inclusive as possible, accessibility must be a core component of your organization’s marketing plan.
  • 5 Ways to Immediately Improve Website Accessibility with Zero Tech Knowledge
    Various partners and players within an organization or a campaign may wish they could somehow help to ensure a website is accessible to people with disabilities, but they aren't developers or techies. It's true that the code and underlying systems will be critical to the site's usability, but it's not true that others can't positively influence accessibility. In fact, anyone can, even with zero tech knowledge. Here are five ways.
  • New CDC Study Reveals Autism Rates Among U.S. Adults
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published the first U.S. study of the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among adults. What are the findings of the CDC study, and what are the implications for digital accessibility for people with autism?

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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).