Make Instructional Materials Accessible

There are several things you can do to ensure the instructional materials you use in your course are accessible to all students. Below we provide information on a few tools you can use to check for accessibility in your course, training resources to help you learn how to make your course materials accessible, and services available on campus you can use to get started.

Instructional Materials Checklist (View More)

Eleven of the most common instructional material areas you may find in your course are covered in this checklist with tips on what you need to do to check for accessibility. Use this checklist to review both brand new courses and courses with substantial new changes starting June 2010. Some key checklist areas include:

Accessibility Training Resources

Accessibility Workshops: Workshops are offered each semester through the Faculty Staff Resource Center AIRC 3013 Training Room. Topics include: Word, PowerPoint and PDF Accessibility and Captioning self-service.

Tutorials and Manuals: Access video tutorials, quick guides, workshop presentations and training manuals to help you learn how to make your Syllabus, Word documents, PowerPoint Presenations, PDF's, videos and other instructional materials accessible.

Quick Tips: A quick overview of what you need to include in your Office documents, presenations and PDF's to make sure they are accessible.

Accessibility Services

Captioning Self-Service: Need a video Captioned? Captioning Self-Service is available if you need to caption a video that will be shown in a course where a deaf or hard of hearing student is enrolled or if you simply want to start making your videos accessible.

Faculty Staff Resource Center: The Faculty Staff Resource Center provides support in the creation of accessible course materials and eLearning content, offers access to free technology training and equipment and software at AIRC 3012.

Purchasing Electronic & Information Technology Material

If you are developing or purchasing electronic or technology-based instructional products please make sure that they meet the Section 508 ( technical accessibility standards (applies to IT requisitions totaling $2,500 or more and high impact items such as networked copy machines, web consulting/software, and digital media, starting November 15, 2011). Please obtain information from the vendor on how the product meets accessibility requirements. If an accessible IT product or service is not commercially available, or if an exception to the requirement applies, please document how you will implement an equally effective alternative method of instruction if a student with a disability enrolls in the class, in coordination with Services to Students with Disabilities. Visit or contact the IT/ATI Procurement Specialist at if you have any questions about the accessible IT procurement process.

Need more help? Please contact Cryssel Vera, Instructional Materials Specialist at to schedule an appointment today.