Last year, the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education published Guidelines for Accessible Information, summarizing and linking to useful resources that can help people who are not experts in information and communication technologies who want create accessible information, especially for teaching and learning purposes. The document may be particularly useful for teachers, librarians, academics, publishers, and communications professionals. Thanks to advances in technology, producing content that can be used for learning is much easier than it once was, but not everyone is aware of how information may be inaccessible to some people depending on its format. There exist ways to create documents that do not exclude potential consumers of information, and authors who wish for others to learn from their work should be able to maintain a standard of accessibility. Accessible information should allow learners to easily orient themselves to the content and should be able to be perceived in different ways, such as through sight, sound, and touch.
The guidelines are divided into two steps. Step 1 describes how accessible information may be created, while step 2 presents how various media can be made accessible. Each of these subsections involves a list of simple tips, as well as a list of resources organized by the level of expertise they assume.
The Guidelines for Accessible Information are very user friendly and have the potential to support a wide variety of content creators in making information accessible to learners. To read them in full, click here.