General Tips

  • Use live-caption features in LMS for synchronous meetings.
  • Create/use transcripts for audio/video media.
  • Make your content navigable by the keyboard.
  • Use bold /italic for emphasis not just color.
  • Use sufficient color contrast.
  • No blinking or flashing content.
  • Make sure any materials you incorporate from other sources are accessible (videos/podcasts that already have transcripts and closed captioning).
  • Don't use underline - it looks like a link.
  • Use an accessibility checker throughout course content development. It is always easier
  • Use Microsoft Wrd to create an accessible document and then convert to .pdf. Powerpoint and Word have accessibility checkers.

  • Use templates, not blank slide, to start out with an accessibly designed doc or presentation.

General Links

SUNY Web/Digital Content Accessibility Standards pgs. 15-18.

Universal Design for Learning Principles

Hopkins Universal Design for Learning Initiative (HUDL Initiative)

SUNY Accessibility for All

FACT2 Online Accessibility 

ADA Requirements for Effective Communication

OSCQR standards

OSCQR 17-28


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Use Blackboard Ally, if you have it, to check accessibility.

Auto Closed Captioning with Google Slides


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Created by Alexandra M. Pickett Aug 19, 2010 at 11:52am. Last updated by Alexandra M. Pickett May 20, 2020.


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