Accessibility Checklist: Topics to Discuss with Your Publisher

Accessible practices ensure all students, no matter their ability level, are able to use technology to learn. They open doors for everyone, including students who have auditory, visual, motor, or cognitive disabilities.

The field of web accessibility covers a lot of ground, so this checklist covers a few basics you can easily bring up with your publisher to get the conversation started about your students receiving accessible materials.

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Accessibility Checklist:

Topics to Discuss with Your Publisher

ACCESSIBILITY DOCUMENTATION

Image result for checkbox  A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) for textbook and courseware is available (or other documentation if it is not yet available).

Image result for checkbox  Dates for when the documentation on accessibility was published and last updated are given.

Image result for checkbox  Name and contact information of the publisher’s disabilities services coordinator are provided.

ONLINE COURSEWARE

Image result for checkbox  A screen reader can read all text within the web-based materials.

Image result for checkbox  All interactive elements have clear text or a text alternative to describe their purpose.

Image result for checkbox  The web-based materials are designed so that they do not disrupt assistive technology installed by the student on their personal computer.

Image result for checkbox  When color is used to convey information, that same information is available in text form.

Image result for checkbox  Motion effects such as blinking can be turned off.

Image result for checkbox  The web-based materials are easy to navigate using only a keyboard. Specific examples of which keys to use to accomplish which functions and focus indicators are provided.

Image result for checkbox  Students can input answers to homework, tests, quizzes, etc. using only the keyboard.

Image result for checkbox  Time limits are adjustable for individual students with visual and auditory warnings before time expires.

VIDEO-BASED CONTENT

Image result for checkbox  Videos are captioned.

Image result for checkbox  Transcripts are available.

Image result for checkbox  The video player provides alternate controls (play, pause, etc.) for students who have motor disabilities.

AUDIO-BASED CONTENT

Image result for checkbox  Transcripts are available.

Image result for checkbox  The audio player provides alternate controls (play, pause, etc.) for students who have motor disabilities.

INSTRUCTIONAL CONTENT

Image result for checkbox  The text can be read aloud by screen readers.

Image result for checkbox  The font size can be adjusted.

Image result for checkbox  The text is responsive (i.e., students can access the text on different devices like tablets and smartphones, and the text does not get distorted).

Image result for checkbox  Colors of the text and its background can be changed.

Image result for checkbox  The text has controls like “Next Page” and “Previous Page” for students who have motor disabilities and cannot use a computer mouse to navigate between pages.

Image result for checkbox  Each image has alternative text that describes its purpose.

Image result for checkbox  Graphs are created as Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs) and can be enlarged.

Image result for checkbox  Well-formed MathML code is created for clear audio descriptions of expressions to be interpreted by screen readers.

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