Accessibility Requirements and Guidelines

Accessibility questions most commonly arise around course review and design, distance education courses, learning software, posting documents online, using videos (online and in class), and sending electronic communication to students. 

"For many of our students, the typical online curriculum is booby-trapped with roadblocks to learning—things that make their online course experience so difficult they are either unable or unwilling to continue. I hear instructors say, and you may be thinking, 'But I don’t have any deaf/blind/mobility-challenged students in my class so I don’t need to worry about it, do I?' A perhaps startling statistic is that 1 in 10 undergraduates report having a disability, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Beyond the fact that Section 508 compliance is a legal requirement. . .you don’t necessarily know if you have a disabled student in your online class."

—Audrey Blumeneau and Aloha Sargent, DE Academy Facilitators