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2nd Edition! Web accessibility handbook!

PCC Distance Learnings web accessibility handbook

Hot off the PDF presses! The second edition of our PCC Web Accessibility handbook. It's Creative Commons licensed, so others are free to edit it and make it work for their college or university. It covers how to make online course content accessible with some of the most commonly used software.

Note: This content is mainly for instructors. Accessibility information for students taking online courses can be found on our D2L Accessibility help page and on the Disability Services website.

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!

Having a course reviewed for accessibility?

All courses are reviewed with the Quality Matters Standard 8 and PCC Accessibility Guidelines in mind. Check out this rubric that shows you the standards and how to meet them.

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 copies of the Web Accessibility handbook and our Accessibility Quick Guide.

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.