Resources for Making Instructional Materials Accessible and Section 508 Compliant
Accessibility cheatsheets from the National Center on Disability and Access to Education: These guides provide step-by-step instructions for common tasks like making documents in Microsoft Word accessible, converting those documents to PDFs, finding captioned YouTube videos, and adding captions to your own videos.
These cheatsheets use annotated screenshots to help you visualize each step, and they also come in a printable PDF format. Some include how-to videos as well. Bookmark this page!
Review Recent Training
Accessibility and Distance Education: Requirements & Resources (Spring 2017)
By law, materials for online and hybrid courses must be accessible to all learners at the start of the course, regardless of who is enrolled. This workshop will focus on the three major steps you can take to make your materials accessible: 1) making documents accessible to a screen reader, 2) providing alternative text for images, and 3) ensuring videos are captioned accurately. You will learn how to do all three in this webinar, and resources for further revision will also be provided.
Expand Your Knowledge Base
- A great collection of resources from the Online Education Initiative: Online Accessibility Resource Documents **Now includes video tutorials!
- @ONE video collection of archived webinars: Taking a Closer Look at Accessibility
- WebAIM offers lots of resources on making web content accessible, including articles and tools: WebAIM
- The CCC Chancellor's Office guidelines for faculty: Distance Education Accessibility Guidelines
Try a Few Tools
- Do you have enough contrast between your background and font color? Check it with the WebAim Color Contrast Checker
- Check your work with WAVE! Review online content for accessibility issues using the WAVE: Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool. You can also install a WAVE Chrome extension to use directly from your browser.
- New tool! Tota11y: an accessibility visualization toolkit from Khan Academy