Universal Design as a concept is about making physical and social environments aesthetic and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life.
Here are some links to the WebAIM site about how to make your electronic files (esp. teaching materials) universally accessible.
- Making Word Files Accessible (WebAIM)
- Powerpoint Accessibility (WebAIM)
- PDF Accessiblity (WebAIM)
- Web Accessibilty Evaluation Tool (WebAIM)
These links are specific to implementing an Accessible Quercus (Canvas) course:
At these sites there is a more comprehensive discussion around implementing accessibility in academic services:
- UTSC AccessAbility Services
- UTSC Library - Services for persons with disabilities
- UofT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities Office (Downtown Campus)
Introduction to Accessible Education (Province of Ontario Website)
Another great resource is this 34 page PDF, authored principally by Tina Doyle, Director of UTSC Accessibility and Teresa Dawson, former Director, UTSC Teaching and Learning Services. It offers help in understanding disability and accommodations legislation, policy, guidelines and recommendations, as well as some very practical ideas for making your class accessible to all students.
Written in 2004, but a touchstone publication. ^bks