Understanding Accessibility

Creating Accessible Course Content

Although content may be in a digital format, there is a very good chance that it is not accessible for students using assistive technology in order to access the information.  The links below will help you learn how to make various types of documents accessible as you develop the documents. In many cases, creating an accessible document is as easy as creating an inaccessible document. Creating an accessible document ultimately means time and energy is saved as the documents do not have to be re-worked to make them accessible. For faculty who are teaching online courses in Blackboard, training is available - as an online module for self-paced learning or through workshops provided by Global Campus. If interested, please contact your instructional designer for more information.

Teaching Innovation & Pedagogical Support (TIPS) - UA Global Campus

Microsoft Word documents - WebAIM 

PowerPoint Accessibility - WebAIM

PDF Accessibility Overview - Adobe

Creating Accessible PDFs - Adobe

PDF Accessibility - WebAIM

Captions: Improving Access to Postsecondary Education - DO-IT

Captions, Transcripts, and Audio Descriptions - WebAIM

Web Accessibility

The World Wide Web is a great place to learn and discover new information - if one can access it!  Learn some of the basics regarding Web Accessibility through the links provided.

WebAIM: Introduction to Web Accessibility

 Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

Accessibility - W3C - World Wide Web Consortium

General Resources

These resources have a plethora of information on a multitude of topics which may be beneficial for you.


National Centre for Accessible media (NCAM)


Online Tutorials

CAST: What is Universal Design
Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.

CAST Free UDL Resources and Tips
A series of tips along with articles and white papers provided " for educators, administrators, designers, parents and anyone and everyone who is passionate about UDL."

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development - San Francisco State University
Universal Design for Learning Online Training Module

Equal Access: Universal Design of Instruction
This webpage is a product of the University of Washington Do-It Grant and provides a checklist on Universal Design for Teaching along with other resources.

Equity and Excellence in Higher Education: Universal Course Design
This Website has been designed by faculty for other faculty who are interested in building Universal Design features into their course design.

Universal Design for Learning in Postsecondary Education
Reflections on principles and their applications.