All students, with and without disabilities, benefit from accessible course content. Best of all, planning for accessibility in your course materials is much easier than you might imagine. By following a few accessibility guidelines, you can create an accessible and inclusive foundation so that students in your course are able to access course content in a timely/effective manner and experience the rich learning experience you have planned for them.
Foundational course accessibility
Include a written accessibility statement in your syllabus and reference it when presenting the course standards to your class. Use this sample syllabus statement as a starting point and customize it with directions for how you prefer students to contact you with accommodation requests, such as through email or an office appointment.
Enter textbook and reader information in the Faculty Center at least six weeks before the start of the semester and include on the syllabus.
Identify other reading information (articles, websites) at least six weeks before the start of the semester.
Turn off auto-play feature, if the option is available.
Make sure videos are captioned and audio is transcribed.
Captions should include who is speaking, punctuation, meaningful text that appears on screen, and vocal emotional tone and ambient sound. Professional captioning services are available at discounted pricing. If using Kaltura machine captions, proofreading and editing will be necessary.
Scanned images of text are not accessible. If you must use a scanned document, it should be high visual quality and at least 300dp resolution. Text should not be highlighted or underlined, binding shadows should not be present, lines should not be clipped, and text must be readable, even when enlarged.
Use sans serif fonts like Arial, Helvetica or Calibri.