Commitment to Accessibility at Montclair State University
As an institution that receives federal funding under the Assistive Technology Act, we are committed to making our electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities (required by Section 508).
Accessible Instructional Materials
All course materials should be posted in an accessible format. We’ve outlined some actions you can take to ensure your courses are accessible to all students.
- MS Office files (Word, Powerpoint and Excel) should be formatted to be accessible.
- Word: Use heading styles and ALT text for images. Run the Microsoft Word Accessibility Checker. See additional tips for creating accessible word documents.
- PowerPoint: Use built-in slide layout templates and add ALT text for images. Use the built-in accessibility checker:
- Excel: Specify column headers. Run the Microsoft Excel Accessibility Checker. It will guide you through making it accessible.
- PDF (Portable Document Format) – All materials scanned or converted to PDF must use Optical Character Recognition (OCR). See the Adobe Acrobat “How to” guide here:
- Google Docs or Slides should be formated so that they are readable by all – Review Accessibility for Docs editors
Video and Audio
- Videos have captions.
NJVid allows for you to add captions directly to your videos.
- Audio files include transcripts.
Images and Graphics
- All images and graphics need alternative text or descriptions (e.g. “ALT”) which allow visually impaired students to understand what they represent.
Layout, Design and Color
- Use headings to make pages easy to navigate.
- Font size should be larger than 10pt, to ensure legibility.
- Links should be labelled in a descriptive way. Avoid “click here” or URLs to web addresses
- Tables should be formatted to include row and column headers.
- Color should not be used to convey important information.
- Ensure color contrast is strong.
Canvas Specific Tips
- Use the Canvas Accessibility Checker – The Accessibility Checker verifies content created within the Rich Content Editor to check on common accessibility issues. Check out the Canvas Guides to learn more.
- Use Canvas to provide extended time on quizzes for students who need it.
- Canvas can also allow for differentiated assignments.
- When offering Canvas conferencing sessions, share presentation materials prior to the live session to ensure students can access them. Other accommodations may be required based on students’ needs such as live captioning or alternative content formats.
- Review the Canvas General Accessibility Design Guidelines
For additional guidance please consult with the MSU Disability Resource Center.
- Accessible Technology Resources for Teaching and Learning from the California State University http://teachingcommons.cdl.edu/access/index.html
- As High-Tech Teaching Catches On, Students With Disabilities Can Be Left Behind, By Casey Fabris http://chronicle.com/article/As-High-Tech-Teaching-Catches/190341/?cid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en
- Assistive Technology Examples http://atfored.com/examples-of-assistive-technology/
- Interactive Accessibility : http://www.interactiveaccessibility.com/
- Texas Tech University Online Accessibility website: http://www.ttu.edu/accessibility/Accessible-Instructional-Material.php
- Accessibility and Usability at Penn State: http://accessibility.psu.edu/
- Information Technology (IT) Accessibility at the University of Michigan https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/going-google/accessibility
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