Accessibility Support and Resources
"Ensuring educational accessibility is foundational to achieving the Vision for Success goal of creating an equitable system of higher education and is a critical piece of student success and degree completion. Research shows that utilizing universal design principles, which is fundamental to ensuring accessibility, improves student-centered pedagogical practice and student outcomes (Chancellor Ortiz, 2018)."
In 2018, the California Community College (CCC) system established an
Information and Communication Technology and Instructional Material Accessibility Standard. This standard affirms the CCC's commitment to equal access to all ICT and instructional materials in a timely manner for all students regardless of disability status.
Information for creating accessible documents can be found at the following links:
Create Accessible PDF XI and MS Word Documents
Video Tutorial on Creating Accessible Documents
Video Requirements to make a Word Document Accessible
Online Course Accessibility Checklist
CCC Accessibility Center offers a wide variety of accessibility support for staff, faculty, and students including:
Guidance on authoring accessible electronic documents and web content
Tools for evaluating and remediating accessibility issues in electronic documents and web content
A variety of 'How to' Video Trainings that cover key accessibility topics (e.g. accessible documents, online course materials, web accessibility, and purchasing accessible IT products/services).
Accessible Documents Word To PDF handout associated with the Accessible Documents training is an especially useful resource.
Recommended assistive technology tools for persons with disabilities
Guidance on producing alternate format versions of instructional material
- Guidance on selecting accessible ICT and instructional technology products
Help Desk that offers technical assistance and accessibility review of instructional technologies and materials
CCC Vision Resource Center
will serve as a primary hub for system wide accessibility-related professional development resources in the future. At the moment, they have several important resources including:
CCC Online Education Initiative offers several useful resources including:
CCC Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) division provides links to several important resources including:
Accessible Course Materials is a helpful website with articles, handouts, and videos that cover how to author, evaluate and remediate accessible instructional materials.
Santiago Canyon College developed a brief
ACCESS guidance document that provides a list of key accessibility guidelines and associated checklist for online courses.