"There should be no boundaries to human endeavor." -Stephen Hawking
What is web accessibility?
Web-accessible content describes content that is easy for all users to get to, easy to use and easy to understand.
Who is web accessibility designed for?
Everyone. True, most people think accessibility means access for only the disabled. Even though web accessibility aims to remove barriers for those with hearing impairments, mobility limitations, visual impairments, and cognitive or neurological challenges, the audience is universal.
The goal of good course design is to create content that is accessible regardless of disability, geographic location, digital device, navigation tools or internet access.
What parts of my course need to be accessible?
All course content must be accessible. Visit these two sites for information on why and how to create accessible content.:
WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) is a non-profit organization at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. Here you will find all you need to know about web accessibility.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
WCAG 2.0 is a widely accepted set of standards for web accessibility. These guidelines are developed through the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in cooperation with individuals and organizations around the world, with a goal of proving a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally.
How do I create web accessible content?
PDFs & DOCUMENT
Adobe Acrobat PDF's Accessibility
VIDEOS & AUDIO
Captioning- any content that contains audio (videos, podcasts, webinars) needs captioning.
Use the following free resources to add captioning to your videos and audio presentations:
3CMediaSolutions will caption ALL your videos for free. See anyone in the IIC for information. Login to 3CMedia with your OCC credentials.
Additional captioning tools:
any content you share with your students must be accessible
no matter its location-Dropbox, Google, Canvas, Blackboard, etc.- any posted content must be accessible regardless of how it is accessed.
Canvas-How to design accessible course content
Canvas Accessibility Tips for Faculty –Brown University
The WAVE accessibility evaluation tool is a free, online testing tool that provides visual feedback of a page's accessibility. Add it as a Chrome extension and use it to check any of your pages for accessibility. Quick Reference for using WAVE and checking accessibility.
Accessibility Cheat Sheets for Faculty -The National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) has posted these one-page resources explaining how to create accessible Microsoft Office products, Adobe PDF's, and videos.
Use all the free resources the Coast College District has provided at your fingertips:
Lynda.com -sign-in at this link through the "Academic/Higher-Ed" drop down. (Use your MyCoast login.) You can also login from the OCC Portal homepage.
Campus and District
training on accessibility
How can I learn more about online accessibility?
Coastline Accessibility Resources
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)– National center on Universal Design for Learning -Explore the UDL site for detailed examples and information about eliminating boundaries in learning.
ADA.gov Toolkit – "The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, if the government entities receive federal funding, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 generally require that state and local governments provide qualified individuals with disabilities equal access to their programs, services, or activities unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of their programs, services, or activities or would impose an undue burden."
Faculty Web Tools (Portland Community College)- Step by step guides for teachers about content accessibility
Accessibility Infographic- A simple graphic of content accessibility
NCAM-National Center for Accessible Media – is part of the Media Access Group at Boston's public broadcaster WGBH. It is a research and development facility dedicated to addressing barriers to media and emerging technologies for people with disabilities in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities.
Plus...it's the law:
Accessibility Guidelines for Students with Disabilities (Excerpt from OCC Distance Education Guidelines, 2016):
Ensuring that distance education courses, materials and resources are accessible to students with disabilities is a shared institutional responsibility. Faculty need to receive appropriate training in order to ensure that they understand what constitutes accessibility, and institutions must provide faculty with both the necessary training and resources to ensure accessibility. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12100 et seq.), section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 794d), and California Government Code section 11135 all require that accessibility for persons with disabilities be provided in the development, procurement, maintenance, or use of electronic or information technology by a community college district using any source of state funds. (See Legal Opinion M 03-09). Title 5, section 55200 explicitly makes these requirements applicable to all distance education offerings.