Resources for Accessible Learning
The following is a list of helpful resources that delve into the many aspects of accessibility in the classroom. Included are links to UMD accessibility resources, resources for creating accessible documents, and tutorials.
Accessibility and Canvas
UMD 3 Year Accessibility Plan
The Division of Information Technology at UMD developed the 3 Year Accessibility Plan to have the best level of accessibility to our systems, applications and services. The Plan outlines steps to improve technical support to achieve accessible IT services.
University of Maryland Accessibility and Disability Service
UMD Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) is available to students, faculty and staff with a documented disability. Eligibility for services is based on documentation and information obtained during the ADS registration interview.
Resources for Accessible Documents
Creating Accessible Tables
Accessibility for Microsoft Products
Accessibility for PDF Documents
Accessibility for InDesign Documents
Google Apps for Education (GAFE)
- YouTube Captions. YouTube offers a free and easy method of adding captions to your videos if you post them there. There are pros and cons for posting your videos on a public site such as YouTube, such as the privacy or confidentiality of content in a video. If, however, you do not mind sharing content publicly, captions will also act as metadata and help your videos show up in more user searches on YouTube.
- Camtasia is often used by instructors to create videos, and it also offers a way to manually add captions.
- VoiceThread Universal. VoiceThread offers an accessible version of its tool, which integrates seamlessly with the standard version used by most faculty.
- Turning Technologies Response Card (Clickers). Turning Technologies offers a Response Card, also called a clicker, designed for users with visual disabilities. Students can purchase the RF-A model card through the online store or at the UMD Bookstore.
Helpful Tutorial and Material
- 10 Tips for Creating Accessible Online Course Content
This 60-minute recorded webinar presented by 3PlayMedia covers 10 easy things you can do to ensure the accessibility of your online content. Presenter Janet Sylvia, Web Accessibility Group Leader and Web Accessibility Trainer, also covers the legal landscape for online learning and accessibility and discusses the challenges and solutions for instructors and administrator.
Accessibility Resources from Other Colleges/Universities
Universal Design Links