Why Accessibility

“We know that equality of individual ability has never existed and never will, but we do insist that equality of opportunity still must be sought.”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Note: The above video presentation does not have spoken words, only music. Access the Transcipt for Why Accessibility here. Opens in new window


Accessible Course Materials are Critical for Student Success!

Students in our classes have all kinds of invisible circumstances that can impact their learning. Some of these circumstances include the following:

  • Attention or comprehension problems because of an emotional hardship or learning disability
  • Using a single device, like a phone or a tablet, for doing all of their digital coursework
  • Familial or other work obligations outside of school
  • A long commute to and from campus
  • Homelessness, or food or housing insecurities
  • Low vision, but not blindness; difficulty looking at a screen for extended periods of time
  • Difficulty hearing, but not deafness

Whether or not students disclose their circumstances, invisible circumstances exist. Collectively, we can all do a better job of identifying and removing learning barriers from courses, such as creating accessible course materials, so all students benefit!



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