Universal Access Hub

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. Please visit us in Schulz 1024 or submit a request for assistance or document remediation.

Faculty Accessibility Guide

What is universal design? Why is it important for my class? Who is responsible for it? This Faculty Accessibility Guide will answer some of your questions about why accessibility is essential in your courses, and all of SSU's digital content. 

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 hte acccessibility 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 Accessibillity 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. 

Universal Access Group

Join the SSU Universal Access Group for training and resources on Universal Access and Design.

Academic Resource Board

Join or bookmark this Accessibility Resources Trello board for continuously updated resources specific to your program or academic field. If you would like to suggest resources to be added please email UAH

Request 1:1 Assistance

Assistance developing or remediating course content is available from the UAH. Please submit a 1:1 Accessibility Assistance Request, or stop by the UAH in Schulz 1060 to work directly with staff to review and improve accessibility in web and online course content.

uah1@sonoma.edu ○ Schulz 1024 ○ ext. 42284