Making Content Accessible
Making your class materials available to students with documented disabilities is not only good practice, it’s also a legal requirement.
What can I do to make my course materials barrier-free and compatible with access technology?
This varies by document/file type. PDFs (articles, syllabi), Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and web pages can all be created in barrier-free ways. Talk to Academic Computing and they’ll help you figure out solutions.
- Books - Standard formats and typefaces.
- PDF - Using Adobe Acrobat's accessibility report, OCR, and tagging features.
- Word Documents - Properly using styles (headings, tables, columns, etc).
- Spreadsheets - Proper use of semantics in Excel.
- Webpages - Evaluating the accessibility of your web page and implement the proper changes via Firefox's wave toolbar.
- Video - Pairing visual content with alternative supplementary content.