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Accessibility

In 1998, Congress passed the In 1998, Congress passed the Workforce Investment Act that strengthened Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 508). It requires Federal agencies to develop, procure, maintain or use electronic and information technology so that Federal employees and members of the public with disabilities would have access to and use of information and data comparable to that of employees and members of the public without disabilities. Many faculty need to become more aware of their responsibilities in fulfilling the requirements of this federal law to make their instruction accessible to all. The sites below should help you become more familiar with the issues of accessibility

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Access e-learning

Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, Georgia Tech University

This is an online ten-module tutorial that offers information, instructional techniques, and practice labs on how to make the most common needs in distance education accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Accessibility in Learning & Teaching

Center for Faculty Development, San Jose State University

This site aims to educate instructors by providing information about Accessible Instructional Strategies and Accessible Instructional Materials.

Web Accessibility for All

Center on Education and Work, The University of Wisconsin-Madison

This is a comprehensive site that includes a wealth of material online and downloadable tutorials designed to help you create accessible web content.

Accessibility in Distance Education: What is Accessibility?

University of Maryland University College

This site has videos on accessibility from the students’ viewpoint as well as benefits of making your course accessible as well as basic principles.

Web Accessibility & Assistive Technology

Faculty and Administrator Modules in Higher Education, Ohio Learning Network

This site covers Assistive Technology, Web Accessibility, Accessibility Legalities, and Accessible Materials with a combination of videos, written material and interactive applications.