CHWTraining’s courses are always built for standards in accessibility, but the reason we take the extra care and precautions isn’t necessarily clear to everyone. The following resources will help program directors understand what’s so important about making courses available to everyone, along with some tips to improve what you offer.
Access E-Learning is a free online tutorial from the Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE) project at Georgia Tech. The tutorial is comprised of 10 modules that offer information, instructional techniques, and practice labs on how to make the most common needs in distance education accessible for individuals with disabilities, and enhance the usability of online materials for all students. View Access E-Learning >>
A through and helpful listing of checklists, webpages, screen readers, articles and guidelines for creating and offering digital education resources. View Resources for Accessible eLearning for People Who are Blind >>
OpenLearn, from Britain’s inimitable Open University, presents a free 15-hour course for professional educators about how disabled students learn online. It covers the technology and techniques used by disabled students, the adjustments to teaching methods that might be reasonable, design decisions which affect the accessibility of eLearning tools and strategies for evaluation. View Accessibility of eLearning >>
These template checklists (available as a Word document) from Texas Health and Human Services will help you evaluate the accessibility status of an e-learning module. It’s helpful for program administrators who want to make sure their initiatives are open to learners of all abilities. View Texas HHS Accessibility Checklist for eLearning >>
This presentation (a PDF download) from Richard Helbock, Digital Media Specialist at Western New Mexico University, is “An Introduction to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and WCAG 2.0 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.” It’s a helpful overview of what accessibility is and government requirements regarding making courses and other online content available to learners. View E-Learning Accessibility >>
A sobering summary of a lawsuit against Louisiana Tech University, which the university lost, about the importance of making content available in an accessible format: “In short, a blind student was enrolled in a course that required students to submit assignments through an online interface, MyOMLab, but the technology that the student used to access the materials would not work with MyOMLab.” View Accessibility and the law from Concordia University >>
The official government website that covers laws, regulations, resources and best practices for accessibility compliance. View Section508.gov >>