Campus Accessibility Website

In the university setting, faculty and others communicating with students often develop materials independently, so standardization may be lacking. There also may not be sufficient attention paid to the accessibility of materials for everyone in the campus community.

With this need in mind, the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States, launched a website, called Accessible Information, Materials, & Technology, which is a resource for campus accessibility.

The website outlines the laws around making information technology accessible. The next section describes campus standards. These relate to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, which outlines such topics as keyboard accessibility, designing for people who have seizures, helping users avoid and correct mistakes, making it easier for users to see and hear content by making it distinguishable from the background, and so on.

Another section covers textbooks and learning materials. It teaches users about providing information, materials and technology in several formats (e.g., print and electronic) and offers workshops and presentations that go into greater detail. The University of Tennessee Teaching Guide is used as the basis for the guidelines. One specific resource is the accessible course syllabus template, which is compliant with universal design for learning and accessibility guidelines.

Tools and resources are presented, both on campus and external. Finally, the website lists workshops available through the Office of Information Technology (OIT), for example, on making Windows software accessible to all students.

To learn more about the Accessible Information, Materials & Technology website, visit the website here.