Resources for Accessible Teaching
The instructional design team at UMKC Online has curated the following resources for faculty regarding accessible instruction. This page includes UMKC-based resources as well as other reputable online content organized by category. New resources are added regularly, so please bookmark this page and check back often.
Presentation describing issues related to the development of accessible online courses.
Provides a range of support services tailored to the individual student, including admissions arrangements, auxiliary aids (interpreters, note takers, readers, etc.), books in alternative formats, advising/counseling, adapted equipment/computers, and so on. Information about the Center can be found at http://www.umkc.edu/disability/default.asp, firstname.lastname@example.org, and 816-235-5612.
The Miller Nichols Library is committed to providing services and assistance to all members of the UMKC community in the areas of building access, research and materials, and adaptive technology. Information about all services offered can be found at http://library.umkc.edu/disability.
The UMKC Libraries Copyright Support Team is available to help answer questions and advise faculty on the use and licensing of media in their courses. Information and resources can be found at http://libguides.library.umkc.edu/CST .
UMKC librarians work to make sure any streaming video content provided by the library has closed captioning. Faculty can search this comprehensive list of video databases to request feature films, documentaries, and educational videos: http://laurel.lso.missouri.edu/search~S3/x?video.
One of 67 national University Centers for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), the Institute for Human Development develops partnerships for effective social change at the local, state, and national level. IHD projects focus on the larger concepts of community inclusion through diversity, cultural competency, and social capital. More information can be found at http://www.ihd.umkc.edu/
Pedagogy and Universal Design for Learning
This comprehensive resource from the University of Washington provides guidance and resources on making distance learning courses accessible to students and instructors with disabilities.
A nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. Rooted in the learning sciences, UDL is a set of principles that instructors can use as an effective tool for designing and implementing inclusive learning environments.
Committed to improving the accessibility of distance education for students with disabilities throughout the nation by providing technical assistance, training, and research. Resources include examples of real-world courses designed for accessibility, and simple fact sheets covering essential points of accessible design.
Accessible Word Documents
Boilerplate policies you can copy and paste into your syllabus.
Dedicated video tutorials on each aspect of Word accessibility.
This comprehensive tutorial from WebAIM provides guidance on image accessibility strategies that go beyond alt text. Areas covered include Images Can Enhance Comprehension, Color and Contrast, Pixelation of Enlarged Images, and Graphics That Cause Seizures.
This in-depth and detailed tutorial demonstrates how to provide appropriate text alternatives based on the purpose of the image. Each functional category includes examples.
A useful tutorial and resources list for complex image description.
A resource that shows different approaches for providing such short and long descriptions.
Science-based images often present an additional challenge to accessibility due to the complexity of the subject and the amount of information they convey. Such visual displays often convey information with some sort of organizational hierarchy. As a result, they can be confusing for all learners, especially for those with visual or cognitive impairments. NCAM provides a set of general guidelines on increasing accessibility to STEM images.
A useful resource for considering issues of art access for all users. Includes testimonials from a blind user on how she experiences art.
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) offers a number of features to make graphics on the Web more accessible than is currently possible, to a wider group of users. Users who benefit include users with low vision, color blind or blind users, and users of assistive technologies. A number of these SVG features can also increase usability of content for many users without disabilities, such as users of personal digital assistants, mobile phones or other non-traditional Web access devices. Accessibility requires that the features offered by SVG are correctly used and supported. This Note describes the SVG features that support accessibility and illustrates their use with examples.
The following tools can be used to check that alt text is included for the images on a website.
Links to the programs and initiatives of MoAT. http://at.mo.gov/
Resources to help educational entities purchase, develop and use information technology that is welcoming to, accessible to, and usable by everyone, including people with disabilities. Learn more at http://www.washington.edu/accessit/.
Promotes a range of accessible technology resources and research for educational media. Highlights include image description training and captioning software. http://ncam.wgbh.org/.
Natural Reader is a professional text to speech program that converts any written text into spoken words. https://www.naturalreaders.com/
Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act. http://www.ada.gov/.
For a variety of stakeholders to easily find guidance, tools, and resources for understanding and implementing Section 508. http://section508.gov/
Guidelines and Best Practices
Recommendations for making Web content more accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities and often more usable to users in general at https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/.
If you had to bookmark just one accessibility resource, this would be it. Information, training, resources, guidelines and standards for Web accessibility and disability access to the Web all at http://webaim.org/.
A comprehensive and user-friendly how-to guide from Portland Community College.
Offers the world’s largest collection of accessible titles at https://www.bookshare.org/cms
A great list of questions from Portland Community College. See the full list at http://www.pcc.edu/resources/instructional-support/adopting-publisher-content.html
The folks at DO-IT have produced this helpful article on how to make math accessible to students with disabilities. Includes list of vendors who provide accessible math materials: http://www.washington.edu/doit/are-there-commercial-products-designed-make-math-accessible-students-disabilities.