What is Digital Accessibility?
Digital accessibility involves the creation of websites, mobile applications and electronic documents that can be easily navigated and understood by a wide range of users.
Reflection Questions: Relationships
- Who do you have established relationships with to support digital access?
- Who is missing from your list?
- What relationships have been key during the past year?
Reflection Questions: Design
- What is your campus process for choosing high impact technologies?
- Do you have a seat at the table for making these decisions?
- Do course designers design with access in mind?
- Is universal design promoted on your campus?
Reflection Questions: Expertise
What expertise is missing on your campus and in your office?
Do your job descriptions invite people who have skillsets in creating accessible environments?
Are their ways you could begin to shift the role of your staff to be more proactive and less reactive in terms of providing access?
Reflection Questions: Culture
What is your campus culture with regard to digital access?
Is access more often bolted on as something separate? Or integrated into the design?
What would be good next steps to influence the culture on your campus?
Reflection Questions: Resources
How well is digital access resourced on your campus?
How is the accommodations budget structured to ensure there is always enough money to cover accommodation costs?
Coordinator of Access and Equity OutreachUniversity of ArkansasPartners for Inclusive Communities
Digital Access Resources
- Explore Access: Accessible Online Courses Toolkit
- Explore Access: Digital Access Resources
- Digital Environments: Self Assessment
- AccessDL: A project of University of Washington, DO-IT, this site offers a variety of resources related to accessibility and distance learning.
- National Center on Disability and Access to Education:The National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) exists to address issues of technology and disability in education policies and practices to enhance the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Be sure to check out their cheat sheets.
- National Deaf Center: 10 Tips for Educators: This resource is provided in response to the rush toward online instruction. The National Deaf Center also offers many other helpful resources for educators.
- University of Washington: Getting Started with Accessibility
- WebAIM.org: A project of the Center for Persons with Disabilities, Utah State University, WebAIM offers lots of resources to help people design with accessibility in mind and make their web content accessible to people with disabilities.
- WebAIM’s Hierarchy for Motivating Accessibility Change
- How to Meet WCAG: Quick Reference
- What is Digital Accessibility (YouTube)
COVID-19 Related Resources
- COVID-19 showed digital accessibility is critical. Advocates don’t want you to forget
- Disability:IN – Digital Accessibility and Other Best Practices for Remote Work
- Georgia Tech – Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation: COVID-19 Accessibility Resources
- NPR: From Zoom Meetings To Face Masks, Deaf People Face Extra Struggles During Pandemic
- Today- ‘Normal didn’t work for us’: People with disabilities worry about loss of virtual options
- Apartment Therapy – What Happens to Remote-Friendly Work Culture in the Post-Pandemic Era?
- AHEAD – COVID-19 Resources
- National Deaf Center – COVID-19 Resources