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Accessibility in Canvas

 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​"There should be no boundaries to human endeavor."  ​-Stephen Hawking

​​​What is web accessibility?

Web-accessible content describes content that is easy for all users to get to, easy to use and easy to understand. ​​​​​​​​​​

​​​Who is web accessibility ​designed for...​​Everyone. 

Most people think accessibility means providing access for people with disabilities. Even though web accessibility aims to remove barrier​s for those with hearing impairments, mobility limitations, visual impairments, and cognitive or neurological challenges, the audience is universal. 

The goal of good course design is to create content that is accessible regardless of disability, geographic location, digital device, navigation tools or internet access.

​​Web Accessibility-What Does It Mean?

(video 3:21 min)

What parts of my course need to be accessible? 

All online course ​content must be accessible.

Where can I learn about creating accessible content?

Visit these two sites for information on why and how to create accessible content:

WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind)

 WebAIM ​​​is a non-profit organization at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. Here you will find all you need to know about web accessibility.​  

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WCAG 2.1 is an internationally accepted  set of standards for web accessibility. These guidelines are developed through the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in cooperation with individuals and organizations around the world, with a goal of proving a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally. ​​​​

How do I create web accessible content?​​​ 

(Video 51:26)
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Creating Accessible PDFs, Documents, & PowerPoints

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W​ord Accessibility

Videos & Audio

Captioning- any content that contains audio (videos, podcasts, webinars) needs captioning. ​​​Use the following free resources to add captioning to your videos and audio presentations:

 3CMedia Logo3CMediaSolutio​ns, part of the CCC Chancellor's Office TTIP South grant,

provides a secure location to host your instructional videos. Because OCC is part of the Distance Education Captioning & Transcript (DECT) grant, your videos will be captioned for you!

Additional captioning tools: 


Web Design

​​Remember, any content you share with your students must be accessible no matter its location-Dropbox, Google, Canvas, Blackboard, etc.- any posted content must be accessible regardless of how it is accessed.​​​​


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The WAVE accessibility evaluation tool is a free, online testing tool that provides visual feedback of a page's accessibility. Add it as a Chrome extension and use it to check any of your pages for accessibility.  ​​Quick Reference for using WAVE​ and checking accessibility. 
National Center on Disability and Access to Education

Accessibility Cheat Sheets for Faculty​​​ -The National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) has posted these one-page resources explaining how to create accessible Microsoft Office products, Adobe PDF's, and videos. ​​

Use all the free resources the Coast College District has provided at your fingertips:

LinkedIn Learning - sign-in at from MyCoast  under Employee, Career OYou can also login from the OCC Portal homepage.

Campus and District training on accessibility

​ ​​​​​​​How can I learn more about online accessibility?​

Natl Center UDL LogoUniversal Design for Learning (UDL)– National center on Universal Design for Learning -Explore the UDL site for detailed examples and information about eliminating boundaries in learning.

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Learn more about CAST and their purpose.  Watch this brief video on UDL. Toolkit – "The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, if the government entities receive federal funding, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 generally require that state and local governments provide qualified individuals with disabilities equal access to their programs, services, or activities unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of their programs, services, or activities or would impose an undue burden."

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Portland Community College Accessibility Guidelines        
Faculty Web Tools (Portland Community College)- Step by step guides for teachers about content accessibility

National Center for Accessible Media NCAM-National Center for Accessible Media – is part of the Media Access Group at Boston's public broadcaster WGBH. It is a research and development facility dedicated to addressing barriers to media and emerging technologies for people with disabilities in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities.​​'s the law: 


Accessibility Guidelines for Students with Disabilities (Excerpt from OCC Distance Education Guidelines, 2016):
Ensuring that distance education courses, materials and resources are accessible to students with disabilities is a shared institutional responsibility. Faculty need to receive appropriate training in order to ensure that they understand what constitutes accessibility, and institutions must provide faculty with both the necessary training and resources to ensure accessibility. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12100 et seq.), section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 794d), and California Government Code section 11135 all require that accessibility for persons with disabilities be provided in the development, procurement, maintenance, or use of electronic or information technology by a community college district using any source of state funds. (See Legal Opinion M 03-09). Title 5, section 55200 explicitly makes these requirements applicable to all distance education offerings.​