The concept of Universal Design emphasizes the importance of considering all types of disabilities and learning styles as new course materials are created. The idea is to present materials in a variety of ways to suit the learning needs of all students from the start, instead of retroactively modifying course materials once a disability is known. By providing course materials in a variety of formats at the beginning of a course, we can demonstrate that there are multiple paths for learning and achievement within the course.
The University is currently developing an accessibility policy to guide our community in meeting the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, summarized in the Section 508 compliance checklist by WebAim and to conform to W3C Web Accessibility Standards, summarized in the WCAG 2.0 checklist by WebAim.
Visit the Getting Started page for a list of resources available to assist you in creating accessible content.