Making Online Courses, Documents & Websites Accessible
Texas Tech is committed to creating a diverse campus by working with faculty and students from around the world and by striving to support equity and excellence for academic success. Students with disabilities contribute to the rich diversity seen on Tech's campus and virtual learning environments. In order to support the academic endeavors of students using assistive technology, we can use a Universal Design for Instruction approach and modify online courses, documents, websites, and Power Points for accessibility. In particular, visually impaired students may be utilizing zoom functions for larger text, screen readers for text-to-speech, or Braille translators to convert text for refreshable Braille displays. The following links have been compiled to assist you in creating accessible learning materials through technology:
- Creating an Accessible Document [PPT]
- Creating an Accessible Document - Step by Step Guide [PDF]
- Microsoft Office Accessibility Tutorial
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
- Designing and Evaluating Websites Using Universal Design Principles [PPT]
- Designing Accessible Web Pages -- TTU's Accessibility Compliance Team
- Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (WAVE)
- Free document conversion: Sensus Access
- Creating Accessible PDF Files: A Guide for Authors [PDF]
- Making PDF Documents Accessible with Adobe Acrobat Pro [PDF]
The most common fixes in Word are to include Alt text on images, headings, and tables with headers and no blank cells. Colors should be high contrast. Web pages should be accessible to students using only a keyboard to tab and arrow through the items. Captions or Alt text can supplement visual images with verbal description. And don't forget to caption or transcribe auditory elements as well for students who are deaf or hard of hearing!
If you have any questions, you can find a list of contacts on the TTU Accessibility Compliance Team's website.