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Approaching Accessibility

Distance Learnings approach to accessiiblity

Starting in 2011 with last minute accommodations, we are moving up the triangle towards greater accessibility! (Click image for a clearer view of the stages.)

Did you know that an average of 12% of community college students have a disability? As an instructor, you are required to make the online content in your classes accessible to these students. This website will show you how to make your course content accessible. Read more about the legal side of accessibility and the guidelines to keep our course on the right side of the law.

Step-by-step instructions

Follow these step-by-step instructions on making these document types, math and science, and media accessible. (See the full list of Accessibility Guidelines for Online Course Content)

Check the accessibility of your content with these accessibilty checking tools!

Who's responsible for accessibility in online courses?

Accessibility is a shared responsibility. Based on roles and responsibilities, this chart outlines who's responsible for accessibility of an online course. What roles do the instructor, Disability Services and Distance Education play in making a course accessible? Let's work together to make sure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve their educational goals!

Subject Area Accessibility Studies

Faculty conducted studies and recommendations on subject area accessibility:

Funding is available for further accessibility studies. Apply to conduct a study on the accessibility of your subject area! We encourage STEM fields with online courses to apply!

Questions to ask a publisher about accessibility

Online materials provided by your publisher must also be accessible. If the materials are not accessible, you as the instructor will need to provide an accessible, equally effective learning experience option for each inaccessible one. Please ask your publisher's these questions before adopting their electronic and online tools and materials. Questions to ask your Publisher

Get help with your content

Download a copy of the Web Accessibility handbook that was sent to every DL instructor at PCC, spring 2014.

Talk to Karen
If you can't find the answer you are looking for, contact Accessibility Advocate, Karen Sorensen.
Sign up for a training or watch a pre-recorded one!
Sign up for training on document and media accessibility, offered twice a month at each campus and online. And check out the links to pre-recorded webinars from some of the best and brightest in the field of accessibility.
Accessibility Q&A
See questions other instructors have asked about the accessibility of their online courses.