Accessible Learning

What is Accessible Learning? 

Various state and federal laws have requirements aimed at making education accessible to as many people as possible. Higher education has ethical and legal obligations to ensure that programs and services are accessible to all learners and employees. 

To learn more about accessible learning, please check out the resources and tutorials below:


General Accessibility Design Guidelines  This document outlines some general best practices when designing a course for accessibility concerns.  
Accessibility within Canvas

Ensuring an accessible and pleasant experience to all users, regardless of disability, is a key focus of Canvas. The Canvas platform was built using the most modern HTML and CSS technologies, and is committed to W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative and Section 508 guidelines.

Accessibility Checker Tool in Canvas This tool can help you design course content while considering accessibility attributes and is located in the Rich Content Editor menu bar.  

UDOIT - Canvas Course Accessibility Checker

The Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool (UDOIT) enables you to run a scan of your Canvas courses and identify common accessibility issues. A report is generated from the scan that indicates errors needing revision and includes suggestions for improvement.



Universal Design Best Practices into your Canvas courses  This article identifies Universal Design for Learning principles, applications, and recommendations to support learners of all abilities — including those with disabilities — in face-to-face and online classes using the Canvas LMS.  

Canvas Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)

The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT, is a tool that administrators and decision-makers can use to evaluate Canvas' conformance with the accessibility standards under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Act WCAG 2.0 AA Standards.  
Microsoft Accessibility Checker

The Accessibility Checker tool finds accessibility issues in your Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations. The tool generates a report of issues that could make your content difficult for people with disabilities to understand. Accessibility Checker also explains why you should fix these issues and how to fix them.

Adobe Pro DC Accessibility Checker 

The accessibility checking tools in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC — Accessibility Checker (Full Check) and the Make Accessible action wizard — can identify many issues in PDF documents that may be in conflict with Adobe’s interpretations of the accessibility guidelines referenced in the application and its documentation. These tools do not check documents for all accessibility criteria, including those in referenced guidelines, and Adobe does not warrant that documents comply with any specific guidelines or regulations.

PowerPoint Accessibility

Key best practices for creating PowerPoint presentations can also help you make your presentations accessible to people with disabilities. This topic describes why you should use these best practices and gives you step-by-step instructions for following them.

Outlook email Accessibility 

This topic gives you step-by-step instructions to make your email messages accessible to people with disabilities.



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