Accessible Technology

Course Accessibility Checklist: A Promising Practice in Helping Instructors Create Accessible Online Learning Courses

Skagit Valley Colleges (SVC) offers online (eLearning) courses that are academically rigorous and equivalent to traditional face-to-face courses. Courses offered online are the same in terms of credits, learning objectives, competencies, content, and transferability. They are also the same when it comes to policies concerning admission requirements and accessibility assurances.

Are Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles curricula accessible to students with disabilities?

Many different curricula are used to teach Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles (CSP). Most of these curricula are not fully accessible to students with disabilities, largely because the programming tools that they utilize are not accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired and typically use screen readers to access content presented on the screen. Screen readers can read text aloud to users but cannot interpret content presented in images.

Washington State Accessible IT Capacity Building Institute on Policy #188 (Dec 2018)

This publication shares the proceedings of Washington State Accessible IT Capacity Building Institute on Policy #188, which was held in Seattle, Washington on December 4, 2018. Attendees included disability service and computing professionals; some were Policy #188 coordinators for their postsecondary institutions across Washington State Policy #188 serves to ensure that IT procured, developed, and used by state agencies, including public colleges and universities, is accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

Are there tools that can be used to check for accessibility issues in a Canvas course?

Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) developed by Instructure. Like most LMSs, Instructure has actively worked to ensure Canvas is accessible to users with disabilities (for details, see the Canvas Accessibility page. However, even if an LMS is fully accessible, an instructor can offer an inaccessible course by creating inaccessible pages or uploading inaccessible content. 

Washington State Accessible IT Capacity Building Institute on Policy #188 (Jan 2018)

This publication shares the proceedings of Washington State Accessible IT Capacity Building Institute on Policy #188, which was held in Seattle, Washington on January 11, 2018. The event provided a forum for prioritizing work to help every institution meet the requirements presented in the Policy. Attendees included disability service and computing professionals and Policy #188 coordinators from postsecondary institutions across Washington State.

Where can I learn about best practices for making accessible mobile and web apps?

The Teach Access Tutorial provides best practices for making accessible mobile and web apps. Via hands-on exercises and reference guides, tutorial users can learn about aspects of writing accessible code like headings, image tags, keyboard navigation and ARIA standards as well as design principles for accessibility related to color contrast, text size, and conveying meaning through color.

University of Washington Accessible Information Technology (2016)

This CBI covered collaboration across University of Washington departments; exploring legal obligations for creating and using accessible IT; ensuring the accessibility of websites, documents, and learning management systems; captioning videos, developing accessible online learning courses, promoting universal design, and engaging IT vendors in accessibility improvements.

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