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Building a culture of access

When something is described as accessible, it simply means that everyone is able to use it. The accessibility of University websites and electronic information is not optional, it is a requirement. The concepts and practices provided here cover a wide range of topics, from web page accessibility to the necessary steps toward creating accessible documents and media. Though many of the concepts and practices apply specifically to courses, every aspect of digital information and web accessibility is important. All members of the campus community can help to build a culture of access by applying these practices to our everyday work.

Faculty Checklist

Download a guide to get you started making sure your content is accessible in D2L.

Building accessible courses

For courses taught in a traditional classroom setting, individual student accommodation remains an important part of our inclusive campus. However, some individual accommodations require lead time and this may leave disabled students waiting for materials. Because of developments in digital and electronic technology, it is now possible to proactively build accessible content to provide a substantially equivalent experience.


Accessible online content can be compared to physical wheelchair ramps and accessible entryways, it provides a digital pathway and allows all students to enter the course. When content is accessible, all students, regardless of background or ability, have equal access to the course.

To get assistance with implementing accessible practices, or to ask questions about accessibility, please contact the office best suited to assist you.

  • Center for Teaching Excellence: Assistance with D2L, accessible course readings, accessible video and audio production.
  • Web Communications: Assistance with accessible web design.
  • Disability Support Services: Assistance with classroom accommodations and support for specific student accommodation.
  • ADA Office: Assistance with public accessibility inquiries, legal compliance for campus wide access, and employee accommodations.