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Digital Content and Accessibility

student working at computerThe OAS is fully committed to ensuring all digital content is accessible. Sometimes you may have to edit inaccessible documents to make them accessible. In most cases, it is easier to have accessibility in mind when creating a document. The information below can help inform how to increase the accessibility of general mass communication and course material.  

To make an appointment for additional guidance and support on this topic you can book a session through the following link:

Digital A11Y Support - Book Your Appointment  

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Mass Communication
Accessible documents, flyers, and social media posts create a welcoming and inclusive environment. 

Tips for Flyers

  • Fonts – select clear simple text
  • Images – include alternative text if they convey the message
  • Hyperlinks – include descriptive text
  • Color Contrast – ensure color contrasts highlight the readability of the content
  • Attach a plain text description document 

Social Media - Instagram Alternative Text Guide

Edit alt-text before sharing a photo

  1. Start by uploading a photo to Instagram.
  2. Choose a filter and edit the image, then click Next.
  3. Click Accessibility, then write the alt text in the box.
  4. Click Done then click Share to post.

Edit alt-text after you share a photo

  1. Above your photo or video, click more options.
  2. Click Edit.
  3. Click Accessibility, then write the alt text in the box.
  4. Click Done to save your changes.

Blackboard Ally Introduction
A quick intro on how the built-in Ally tool helps make digital course content more accessible.

ALLY LMS Instructor Guide
A step by step process of how to maximize Ally's features.

20 Tips for Teaching an Accessible Online Course
Basic guidelines to develop for online courses provided by Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler, founder of DO-IT.

WebAIM: Introduction to Web Accessibility
An overview description of web accessibility basics.

WebAIM: Techniques to create documents with accessibility in mind:

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) Faculty Room Resources
A variety of brochures, books and more training materials on accessibility.

Top 5 Accessibility Resources from AEM
Accessible Educational Materials that help support all learners.

Accessible Design for Classrooms
Learn how technology is revolutionizing content accessibility in and out of the classroom. 

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