Online Accessibility

Course Design Accessibility Guidelines at Montclair State University

As an institution that receives federal funding under the Assistive Technology Act, we are required to comply with Section 508 standards. Section 508 is an amendment to the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 that requires Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities.

Design Recommendations

When developing your online, hybrid and/or face-to-face course(s), consider how to comply with Section 508 standards. The following areas will be the most important to you when developing multimedia materials and web pages:

  • Videos and audio clips need to include captions and text transcripts.
  • Audio files need to include text transcripts.
  • Images need alternative text or descriptions (e.g. “alt”).
  • All PDF documents must have Optical Character Recognition (OCR), applied. See the Adobe Acrobat “How to” guide here: Scan paper to PDF and apply OCR with Adobe® Acrobat®XI
  • Color should not be used to convey important information.
  • Tables should include row and column headers.

Visit the University’s Disability web page for detailed documentation guidelines: Montclair State University disability resource center

For a detailed description of the 508 standards for web design and online educational materials visit:

Assistive Technologies


The following resources can help you check course webpages and materials to see how accessible they may be to students with disabilities.

References Consulted

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