Accessibility Benefits Everyone
Find out current accessibility requirements, related laws and how to update your digital resources.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires colleges and universities to give people with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from all programs, services, and activities – which includes online learning communities, Website content, and social media communication.
Below is a list of requirements for designing online content that meets accessibility requirements.
The purpose of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act as amended in 1998 is to… “ensure… electronic and information technology allows… individuals with disabilities….access to and use of information and data that is comparable to… individuals [without] disabilities”.
Creating content that is accessible to viewers with disabilities cannot happen automatically. Web developers and designers must be aware of the issues, and know how to employ the appropriate techniques.
As new and exciting technologies emerge, many of us are compelled to incorporate them into our online courses. Here, you can review various strategies, resources, and services that will help make your online course materials accessible for all your students.
The task of creating content that is accessible to students with disabilities is not a difficult one, but it cannot happen automatically, without thought or design. You must be aware of the issues, know the techniques, and then employ those techniques.
Social media is an essential tool and a necessary medium for communicating with students, employees and the general public. Though used ubiquitously as a way to engage various audiences, there is a general lack of awareness and understanding of how to ensure that social media is accessible to all users.