The accessibility of educational materials and online course content is an important issue that affects all faculty, regardless of whether they teach traditional face-to-face or online courses. All CSS online content, whether it be a PDF emailed to students or videos provided through a Blackboard course, is required to meet certain standards for accessibility. All CSS online content should be accessible.
For an overview of what web accessibility is, try Introduction to Web Accessibility by Henry (2005) from the W3C. For information specific to accessibility in educational materials, visit the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials.
Melissa Watschke is the Director of the CSS Center for Equal Access. Melissa is an advocate of students with unique circumstances, and she welcomes the opportunity to consult and collaborate with faculty in support of all students.
Contact Melissa Watschke directly with questions about accessibility and academic accommodation policies in your online courses.