Innovate with accessibility in mind

Workshop Session 1

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

There are many misconceptions that exist when it comes to making content accessible for people with disabilities. An accessible information technology environment enhances usability for everyone. This session will debunk some of the myths, and provide faculty members concrete examples of how they can make their instructional content accessible. 

Extended Abstract

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about "11 percent of the Higher Education students in the United States have some kind of disability. " In addition, the center found that out of that 11% of the population, 60% to 80% of disabled students in Higher Education never disclose their disabilities to their professors /administrators. That is a significant portion of the population.

Creating an accessible information technology environment ensures that all the content is available to everyone and therefore, non-disabled students can also benefit from its use. Participants in this session will define what accessibility means, learn what the law says about accessibility, and will identify key accessibility components for documents. Participants will learn how to start building their courses with accessibility as a forethought as opposed to an afterthought. If faculty members create accessible content from the onset of their course creation, they eliminate a lot of the barriers that prevent disabled students from fully participating in a course. Best practices for online course development and creating accessible course content will be discussed. 

This will be an interactive, hands-on session .Participants will learn 6 ways to create accessible content, and will get time in the session to practice using the techniques. Participants will also have access to the presentation and will be able to provide real-time data/feedback. Participants will also have some printable and digital resources that they can take with them to help them implement the practices in their courses.