The Instructional Technology Resource Center (ITRC) Accessibility Resources have been created for the use of all ISU faculty members (and beyond) who wish to make their course content, documents, and materials accessible. Throughout this site you will find links to easy-to-use guides, short video tutorials, news, and events concerning accessibility in education.
At ISU, we serve a diverse audience that relies increasingly on the Internet for many aspects of life. In today’s society, it is essential that we provide equal access and opportunity to all our users, including those with disabilities. Integrating accessible materials into online courses can diminish and even remove barriers to information and interaction critical to success for our faculty, students and the general public.
For more information regarding Idaho State University's disabilities services and resources, contact the Disability Services Department located in the Rendezvous Complex Room 125 or call (208)-282-3599.
Tools and Resources
- ITRC Tutorials and Guides
- Microsoft Word: Step-by-Step Creating Accessible Documents and Quick Guide
- Microsoft PowerPoint: Quick Guide, Creating Narrated PowerPoint Presentations
- Microsoft Excel: Accessibility Checker
- Portable Document Format (PDF)
- Step-by-Step: Creating Accessible PDFs
- Using Acrobat Pro to create PDF documents
- ABBYY FineReader: a document reader that allows users to turn PDF’s and scanned documents into Microsoft Word files so that they can be edited, converted, and compared to other documents. Available for use in the ITRC. ABBYY Tutorial: How to Make a PDF Accessible
- Camtasia Studio: Camtasia is a software program that helps you create videos, add narrations and caption audio. This software can be purchased for use on individual computers. Copies of Camtasia are available for use in the ITRC. See Creating Narrated Presentations Using Camtasia and Importing Videos and Syncing Captions for more information.
- Amara.org: Amara is a free, web-based service that overlays subtitles/captions on existing videos that are hosted on an external website (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo, ISU Media server, etc.). See Adding Captions Using Amara for more information.
- The ITRC can provide assistance with the captioning of instructional materials. Please contact Lori Austill at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Accessibility Checklists and Guides
- WebAIM.org: Provides accessibility checklists, web accessibility evaluation tools, and assistive technology simulations.
- Web Accessibility Toolkit: Defines accessibility, Universal Design, the Principles of an Accessible Institution, Technical Standards for Accessibility, and Social and Intellectual Standards.
- Website Accessibility Checklist: This wiki was created by the askIT team from the University at Albany--State University of New York to help stakeholders with web accessibility.
- Color Contrast Checker: Finds correct color contrasts for web page accessibility.
- YouTube Accessibility
Articles and Latest News on Accessibility in Education
- Higher Ed Accessibility Lawsuits, Complaints, and Settlements (1998-2018 Laura L. Carlson)
- Cheat Sheet: Understanding Accessibility Guidelines by Hoonuit.com
- How to Create an Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for making learning more accessible for students with disabilities often make the classroom experience better for all students - Inside Higher Ed - February 27, 2018
- Legal Landscape Update: 2017 in Review by Level Access. A white paper on digital accessibility lawsuits filed in 2017.
- W3C's Video Introduction to Web Accessibility and W3C Standards is a great introduction to what accessibility is and why it's important.
- Web Accessibility Perspectives Videos: These short videos will help you understand the impact of accessibility and the benefits for everyone in a variety of situations.
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