Accessibility for Online Course Content

Overview

The ID&T accessibility website is designed for Regis faculty and course developers. Here you'll find tips, tools, and links to resources to assist in creating accessible content.

What is accessibility?

Accessibility involves two key issues: 1) how users with disabilities access electronic information, and 2) how web content designers and developers enable web pages to function with assistive devices used by individuals with certain physical disabilities such as screen readers.

For the user with a disability, the challenge is to identify tools that provide the most convenient access to web-based and other electronic information. For the web content designer/developer, the challenge is to remove the obstacles that prevent accessibility tools from functioning effectively. In many cases, these challenges are relatively simple to overcome but may require additional thought and effort.*

Why should I make my content accessible?

To reach the broadest range of learners, additional steps must be taken to assure accessibility. Compliance with federal regulations and laws is ensured by following the guidelines for developing accessible content. For more information on accessibility law and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), view the Laws and Regulations page.

Who benefits from accessible content?

Everyone!

According to the 2012 United States Census, one in five Americans has a disability. That is almost 20% of the population.

Web accessibility also benefits people without disabilities. For example, a key principle of Web accessibility is designing websites and software that are sufficiently flexible to meet different user needs, preferences, and situations. This flexibility also benefits people without disabilities in certain situations, such as people using a slow internet connection, people with "temporary disabilities" such as a broken arm, and people with changing abilities due to aging.

Additional resources

Contact Instructional Design & Technology (ID&T) for guidance and assistance with making your online course resources accessible to all.