You may have noticed the increased focus on the word “accessibility” in the last year. Wichita State, like most other universities, is seeing a shift toward the concepts of accessibility and universal design for learning (UDL) as we enrich our idea of “accommodation” and move from being primarily reactive to proactive in course design.
This change in focus has come with growing pains, and if you are experiencing challenges in making your course content accessible or in thinking about accessibility generally, you may need some help. Of course this website provides you with a number of resources including the FaST Accessibility program, and as always, IDT is here to help. In addition, here are some other resources that might help you rethink and retool your courses.
- The Center on Accessible Distance Learning (AccessDL) has good information for you, and you can also sign up to be part of a discussion list they host.
- CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization supporting UDL. CAST has several free tools to help you develop accessible content.
- Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE) provides very good information including a set of fact sheets that explain how people with different disabilities approach learning.
- Do you have science content that you need to describe for people with low vision? The National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) has great guidance for you!
- AccessIT not only provides assistance with purchasing accessible products for educational development, they are a very good source for primary training on accessibility.
Finally, we often hear from professors that they aren’t worried about accessibility because they are using publisher materials and not generating their own content. Is this you? If so, then it is critical to have a look at these questions you need to ask any publisher or other content provider before you adopt their content.
(Jump to another post about selecting Accessible Textbooks)