Anyone involved with developing a website or teaching online must be aware of the issues involved with creating an accessible environment. It is critical for those of us in the community college to be able to provide a positive learning environment for all users. Below are some links to organizations that can assist in universal design and web accessibility.
In collaboration with colleagues from across the state, the MCO scheduled sessions to gain practical insights into approaches colleges are taking to increase accessibility on their campuses.
February 18, 2022
Digital Accessibility in Course Design and Development: A Conversation
This presentation will highlight the role accessibility plays within the course design and development processes at two different institutions.
Denise Dejonghe, Macomb Community College
Jason Kane, Schoolcraft College
March 25, 2022
Our Approach to Creating Accessible Videos
This session will highlight our student-centered and faculty-friendly approach to creating accessible videos at Oakland Community College.
Kerry Daniels, Oakland Community College
Mary Keener, Oakland Community College
April 8, 2022
Digital Accessibility and Mathematics
Join us for a conversation around different practices used to increase the accessibility of mathematics..
Leanne Baumeler, Northwestern Michigan College
Kaitlyn Hawald, Mid Michigan College
Kyle Kelly, Bay College
Background - Early in 2017, the United States Access Board published a final rule updating requirements for information and communication technology that is covered in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Those requirements went into effect on January 18, 2018. The original intent of Section 508 deals with accessibility at the federal level. However, because public institutions of higher education receive some form of federal funding, it is widely accepted that these requirements should be acknowledged and addressed by colleges and universities.
Accessibility Community of Practice - Anyone tasked with, or involved in, the accessibility of Michigan community colleges' web presence meet to share best practices with accessibility in higher education. For a current list of colleges and their accessibility representatives, view the MCO Accessibility Representatives page.
MCO Accessibility Resources for Faculty (Google Doc) provides tutorials, cheatsheets, and websites with information on how to make instructional materials accessible.
MCO Inventory of Accessibility-Related Activities (Google Sheet) highlights activities taking place at Michigan Community Colleges that are focused on the accessibility of digital materials. Members are encouraged to update the document with information from their institutions.
WebAIM (web accessibility in mind) provides technical resources and training in support of creating and evaluating the accessibility of digital content. One of their more popular tools is the web accessibility evaluation tool (WAVE), which can be used to check websites for accessibility.
Web Accessibility Resources - Portland Community College
The National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) monitors and promotes electronically-mediated distance education policies and practices that enhance the lives of people with disabilities and their families.
Great Lakes ADA and IT Accessibility Center - This Center is sponsored by the University of Illinois - Chicago and provides a host of resources and training in the area of ADA and universal design. They also have an audio conference series that provides continuing education on regulations and trends under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
National Center on Accessible Information in Technology - This website is from the University of Washington and features the AccessIT Knowledge Base, a searchable, growing database of questions and answers regarding accessible E&IT. It is designed for educators, policymakers, librarians, technical support staff, and students and employees with disabilities and their advocates.
To assist with the sharing of knowledge, MCO has set up a listserv for the Accessibility Community of Practice. To join, please send a request to Carl Weckerle (email@example.com).