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Digital Accessibility Resources for Faculty

Digital Accessibility Resources for Faculty


Definition of Digital Accessibility

Digital materials must be in a format that individuals with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with in the same manner as individuals without disabilities.

What & Why

Most of us don't know what we don't know about digital accessibility and online content formatting. You think your intended audience has received and is able to view your email, document, or webpage but are they really?
All of us are creating electronic content that will be stored online, as well as viewed on a mobile device. Content types include; documents, PowerPoint presentations, videos, webpages, and pictures.
At CCBC almost every document you create will be stored and viewed either through CCBC SharePoint, myCCBC, CCBC's website, in an email, browser, or in an online course using Blackboard Learn.
Web accessibility plays an ever increasing role both because of the continued importance of the Internet in our lives and the development of clear standards and guidelines for accessible online content. If you create documents, or contribute to the CCBC website and/or SharePoint, then you need to be thinking about Universal Design, content formatting, and web accessibility.
When developing online content we all must consider the following:
  • Hearing
  • Seeing
  • Learning Styles
  • Dexterity
  • Mobility
  • Time Restrictions
  • Computer Security Restrictions
  • Availability of Software
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Mobile Devices

Whose responsibility is it?

Disability Support Services, Instructional Technology, faculty, staff, and students all play an important key role in assuring that all content is accessible and adequately available for access electronically in compliance with the accessibility standards specified in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and WCAG 2.0.