Equal access to education for all students across California includes basic accessibility of courses, instructional materials, and student services for disabled learners. Accessibility is a core component of diversity, equity and inclusion, and our accepted ethical duty as we represent all the people of California. To help faculty, staff, and administrators understand how to build accessible materials and resources for all students, the Vision Resource Center presents six new learning modules:
- Introduction to Section 508 – Section 508 sets standards and guidelines regarding access to materials and communications for individuals with disabilities. This module will assist in a user’s understanding of what Section 508 is and how it impacts individuals and institutions, as well as determining where and when Section 508 applies.
- Reporting, Monitoring & Evaluation for Accessibility – Reviews the institution’s responsibility in developing the accessibility reporting process and discusses how to create a resolution process while documenting these workflows.
- Universal Design for Learning – Explore the concept and benefits of universal design for learning and explains how it all relates to equity and disability in an inclusive environment.
- Accessible Websites – Discusses the standards that make a website and the content accessible to a wide audience and provides resources that are available to design and test website accessibility compliance.
- Accessible Technology – Reviews what accessible technology is and the variety of ways it is used to reduce learning barriers in campus populations.
- Accessible Instructional Materials – Reviews various assistive technologies, who plays which role in selecting and adopting accessible instructional materials, and where to find system-wide resources to assist you in making your documents accessible.