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.

This includes:
  • web pages
  • PDF files 
  • videos
  • audio files
  • Word, PowerPoint and Excel files 

Resources on accessibility

ACCessible Web Design

IT Services offers training ever spring.  Basic accessible web design in OUCampus is part of the initial training for OUCampus users.  See the resources in Training FAQ.

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:

Legal

  • 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.

Moral

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

Business

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

Self-Interest

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
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