Universal Access Hub

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The Universal Access Hub (UAH) provides resources and assistance to SSU faculty, staff, and students to improve the accessibility of course content and campus webpages. 

Accessible Content Partnership

Interested faculty should contact CTET about joining an Accessible Content Partnership, to have staff review and remediate course content for accessibility, and make your class(es) more accessible, and equitable in serving all students.

Document Fundamentals

Canvas Resources

Instructors teaching online courses, or utilizing Canvas to deliver course materials should try to build all content within the canvas shells. When external documents or time-based media are necessary, the following tools can help ensure they meet accessibility guidelines.

  • General Accessibility Guidelines
    Canvas Help page on guidelines and recommendations regarding accessibility. 
  • Creating Accessible Canvas Pages
    This practice Canvas shell provides tips to improve the accessibility of your Canvas pages (and assignments, discussions, quiz pages).
  • Rich Content Editor Tutorial
    This series provides video tutorials on essential Canvas tools and features, including accessible content tools.
  • Accessibility Checker Overview
    Canvas Help page on utilizing the built-in Accessibility Checker.
  • Blackboard Ally
    Ally is a tool that integrates into Canvas and works to support content creators ensure that the materials they are creating and using are accessible. Contact the Faculty Center for more information.
  • YuJa
    YuJa is a tool that integrates into Canvas to record, edit, caption, and publish accessible video and audio recordings. Contact the Faculty Center for more information.

Web Resources

  • Introduction to Web Accessibility
    The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) provides these basic instructions to get you started on web accessibility.
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1
    SSU's goal is to meet and exceed WCAG 2.1, which defines how to make Web content more accessible to people with disabilities. Web content owners and editors should reference WCAG 2.1 when working on SSU web content.
  • WebAIM Color Contrast Checker
    WCAG 2.0 level AA requires a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1 for normal text and 3:1 for large text. WCAG 2.1 requires a contrast ratio of at least 3:1 for graphics and user interface components (such as form input borders). This Contrast Checker from WebAIM will provide guidance in choosing text and graphic colors for your web content.
  • SSU Web Policy
    This policy is intended to provide guidelines for web usage while recognizing the creativity and uniqueness that exist within the different departments and programs within the University and applies to all administrative websites representing University divisions, departments and programs. 

Academic Resource Board

Join or bookmark this Accessibility Resources Trello board for continuously updated resources specific to your program or academic field.