ASL Interpreter helping a student and professor communicate in class
Professor presenting a slideshow to his class
Guest speaker, Ken Petry, speaks at a past Access MU symposium to a large audience
The varsity hockey team glides across the ice with members of the Best Buddies Choir

Documents come in many different formats

Depending upon what format you use or export to may cause problems for students using mobile devices and assistive technology.

Follow the basic principles of Accessibility:

Note –If you follow these general rules, you accomplish about 80% of creating an accessible document!

  • Use header styles (paragraph, header 2, header 3, header 4) when creating subsections on a page.
  • Provide alternative text (ALT text) for images and charts.
  • Avoid communicating information with color alone.
  • Use formatted lists (bulleted or numbered).
  • Use descriptive web links - avoid using the entire URL or “click here”.

When Do I Need to Remediate?

  • When you have a student with a requested accommodation through Student Disability Services (SDS), provide ADA accommodations as directed in the letter from SDS and work with the Accommodations Coordinator for assistance
  • Best practice - when you build a new course or add new materials, try to ensure that they’re accessible.
  • You can continue to use your existing materials without remediation, but you should develop a plan to remediate over time.