Initiatives

September 17, 2021

Ensuring Accessibility

Balancing Student Privacy and Accessibility | Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation
Provides guidance on best practices for balancing student privacy and accessibility in an online environment.


Getting Started with Accessibility | University of Florida
Provides guidance on tools for creating accessible content. Includes a link to a Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool (UDOIT)


6 Quick Ways to Be More Inclusive in a Virtual Classroom | The Chronicle of Higher Education
Flower Darby
Provides an overview of two frameworks for creating online or hybrid courses with an ethos of inclusion and equity embedded throughout: Universal Design Learning and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.


WAVE (Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool) | Utah State University
WAVE is a suite of evaluation tools that helps authors make their web content more accessible to individuals with disabilities.


Tota11y Accessibility Visualization Toolkit | Khan Academy
tota11y helps visualize how your site performs with assistive technologies by providing a fun, interactive way to view accessibility issues.


Resources from the National Federation of the Blind | nfb.org

Don't Be a Barrier: Be Accessible NOW | National Federation of the Blind
Stephanie Flynt
Includes links to the NFB's Higher Education Accessibility Online Resource Center as well as other useful resources.

Creating Nonvisually Accessible Documents | NFB Jernigan Institute
This downloadable resource aims to provide practical information on how to make HTML, PDF, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents more accessible to blind users.


For Students with Disabilities, a Mass Shift to Online Courses Comes with Deep Concerns | Diverse
Sara Weissman
As colleges and universities hastily prepare to shift their courses online in response to the coronavirus, some students might welcome the chance to attend class at home in their pajamas. But for blind students, remote courses come with a host of new concerns and questions: Will online course platforms be compatible with their screen-reader technology? Will professors send readings as Word documents, which can be read with screen-reading software, or as scans, that cannot? What if there are images without alt text to explain what’s showing on the screen?


How Do You Create Accessible Videos? | CAST
National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at CAST, Inc.

  • Outlines simple options for creating captioned videos, including captioning capabilities that are already built into several video editing applications.
  • CAST also provides information on ensuring high-quality captioning, including resources that already have high-quality captioning, such as PBS and Khan Academy, here.

Accessibility and Accommodations in Online Courses | UMCP

  • First Steps
  • Instructor Resources for Accommodations Online
  • Examples of Online Accommodation