Accessible Electronic Resources

Getting Started

Thank you for taking the time to move your courses towards compliance. For the Fall of 2017, all new materials used, built into, or added to a course that contains electronic information needs to be accessible compliant. By 2020, all electronic materials in courses need to be compliant. This may appear at first to be a daunting task but the resources below will provide guidance and offer solutions. You can also contact the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office for Students with Disabilities for more assistance.

  • Begin with Marquette's Accessibility Checklist.
    Accessibility Checklist.
  • Note that the D2L platform itself is accessible, but the content you upload into it might not be (see the checklist above; and links below about images, documents, videos).
    • If you build a webpage within D2L, it now has a built-in compliance checker in the lower right corner of the HTML design window.
  • For a general overview that lists particular elements of disability and higher education (targeted information for faculty, types of typical compliance issues) take a look at the Penn State Website.
    Accessibility at Penn State.
  • For specific information that applies particularly to STEM courses and accessibility, please see the suggestions also from Penn State.
    Accessibility and STEM at Penn State.

See below for other information related to different technologies.

What resources are available to ensure Electronic Information and Technology is accessible?

D2L: Consider using the “create a file” feature in Content to make a D2L web document

Creating accessible Microsoft Word documents

Creating accessible PDF documents

Creating accessible Microsoft Excel documents

Creating accessible Microsoft PowerPoint documents

Accessible images

Captioning of video

Accessible web pages

  • WebAIM: Introduction to Web Accessibility
  • Siteimprove
    Siteimprove is an online website quality assurance tool currently deployed for sites on the domain. The software automatically reviews public-facing websites, similar to a search engine, and generates reports that identify accessibility issues. These reports are then emailed to the site’s registered content manager. If you need help working with your Siteimprove reports, or need access to your site’s report, contact Jan Harwig via email in the Office of Marketing and Communication.
  • Siteimprove Chrome extension
    This free Chrome browser extension analyzes any web page, including restricted web pages, for accessibility issues.
  • aXe Developer Tools by Deque Labs
    The Chrome extension and Firefox Add-on find the most obvious accessibility issues on a web page.
  • Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool  
    For content not covered by Siteimprove, the WAVE Accessibility Evaluation Tool may be an option. The WAVE Accessibility Evaluation Tool checks for any accessibility issues of websites that you’re using in your courses. Enter your page’s URL on the site, and the tool evaluates the page and provides suggestions for improving accessibility.

Creating accessible math equations