Online Content Accessibility
It's the Law and It's the Right Thing to Do
We are required by federal law to meet accessibility guidelines for all content on all UAA websites and online course material.
- web pages
- PDF files
- audio files
- Word, PowerPoint and Excel files
Resources on accessibility
- NCDAE Cheat Sheets -steps for formatting of Windows & Mac Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDFs and video files to be accessible
- Accessibility Tutorials and How-To Guides from Academic Innovations
- OUCampus Accessibility (Powerpoint) - used in the March 2018 Accessibility Training
- Job Aid for OUCampus Accessibility (PDF) - from UAA IT Services
ACCessible Web Design
Accessible Course Design
All students have the right to all materials necessary to be successful in a course. Accessible course design removes barriers before they are encountered so the need for accommodation can be reduced. Workshops and professional development to help with accessible course design may be offered by:
- Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE),
- Academic Innovations & eLearning (AIE),
- UAA Human Resources (HR)
- Disability Support Services (DSS).
- According to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of disability.
- Section 508 of the Rehab Act outlines specific mandates for online content published by the federal government - many states have adopted similar rules.
Sites that are designed with accessibility in mind provide a benefit for the community by honoring diversity through proactive planning.
- People with disabilities
- People learning English
- People with age related sensory declines
- People with lower comfort level with technology
Sites that are designed with accessibility in mind will also provide the following benefits for the sponsor or hosting entity:
- More hits in search engines
- Ability to reach a wider market share
- Increased positive regard
Sites that are designed with accessibility in mind will also provide the following benefits for the designer:
- Faster loading times
- Easier site maintenance
- Fewer requests for retroactive accommodation