Accessibility

As an instructor, you are required to ensure that the content used in your classes are accessible to all students. This website shows you how to meet this requirement. Read more about the legal side of accessibility.

This site is meant mainly to help instructors. Help for online students with disabilities is another website, but which can also be found under the Help menu in D2L.

Step-by-step guides

Instructors: use these step-by-step guides to make your content accessible. (Or see how a course is evaluated for accessibility to review your content.)

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

Who’s responsible for accessibility in online courses?

Accessibility is the shared responsibility of the instructor, Disability Services and Online Learning. This chart outlines who’s responsible for accessibility of an online course. Let’s work together to make sure all students have equal opportunity to achieve their educational goals.

Questions to ask publishers

Online materials provided by publishers must be accessible. If not, you as the instructor will need to provide an accessible, equally effective learning experience option for each inaccessible one. Ask your publisher these questions before adopting tools and materials.

Get help with your content

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

Talk to an Accessibility Advocate
If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, contact onlineaccess@pcc.edu [opens in new window].
Register for an Upcoming Accessibility Training
Training is provided on how to create a variety of accessible documents, organize course content in D2L Brightspace, and DIY accessibility checking.
Watch a pre-recorded training
Watch a training on document and media accessibility 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.

Handbooks

2nd Edition: Web accessibility handbook!
Hot off the presses! The 2nd edition of our Web Accessibility Handbook. It's Creative Commons licensed, so you're free to edit and and use at your institution.
New Arrival: Working with complex images!
A new "Complex Images for All Learners" handbook provides guidelines and best practices for working with different types of complex images and other types of alt formats. It's Creative Commons licensed. You don't want to miss it!

Get involved!

Does your subject area present a unique accessibility challenge? Funding is available for faculty to conduct subject area accessibility studies! Apply to conduct an accessibility study in your field. STEAM fields encouraged to apply! Past studies: