6 Tips for Creating Accessible Course Content

These seven tips are a starting point for creating accessible course content; for additional information or if questions arise, please contact Aaron Holmes, Access Specialist at aholmes@miracosta.edu

  1. Add a Disability Accommodations statement:

    Please review Page 3 of MiraCosta’s syllabus checklist for examples of recommended language:

    Disability Accommodations
    Students with disabilities, whether physical, learning, or psychological, who believe that they may need
    accommodations in this class, are encouraged to contact Disabled Students Programs & Services as soon as
    possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely manner. Their phone number is
    760.795.6658 and they are located in Building 3000-Student Services, Room 3009, adjacent to Parking lot 3C.

    OR

    If you have a disability, you are encouraged to contact Disabled Students Programs & Services at
    760.795.6658. Their office is located in Building 3000, adjacent to Parking lot 3C. They will help you
    determine what assistance is available for you.

    OR

    If you have a hidden or visible disability, which may require classroom or test accommodations, please see me as
    soon as possible during a scheduled office hour. If you have not already done so, please register with Disabled
    Students Programs & Services at 760.795.6658. Their office is located in Building 3000, adjacent to parking lot
    3C.

    OR

    If you have specific physical, psychological or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please let me
    know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will also need to provide
    documentation of your disability to Disabled Students Programs & Services at 760.795.6658
  2. Add links to Vendor Accessibility information for specialty products used in your course.

  3. Create instructional content with accessibility in mind. Review and apply the following accessibility principles:
  4. Create accessible instructional content based on application.
  5. Accessibility Checkers: always use the software’s built-in Accessibility Checker (Pope Tech Instructor Accessibility Guide in Canvas, Word, Adobe Acrobat, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Follow the Repair recommendations provided by the Accessibility Checker to fix errors.

    Resources: 
  6. Ensure Readability Divide large blocks of text into smaller more manageable sections; avoid complex sentences; use sans-serif font at approximately 12 points. Ensure reading order is correct when screen readers are used (beware text boxes and other non-sequential methods for adding text).

    Resources: Website Readability assessment tool