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Accessibility for Online Courses

The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require that your online course be accessible to students with disabilities.
Developing accessible online course content is a reasonable accommodation. If an assignment includes watching a video without synchronous captioning, it is inaccessible for a student with a visual impairment and is discrimination under the law. This is the same as holding a course on a third floor in a building without an elevator, for a student with a wheelchair.

Here is an additional link for accessibility of computer work recommended by the UAlbany Disability Resource Center.

See how students utilize assistive technologies to access course materials. (Note: this video is an example of synchronous captioning)


How to Develop Accessible Content

Microsoft Accessibility

PDFs

HTML

Multimedia

Other Considerations

Additional Resources