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Universal Design for Universal Access

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students with bona fide disabilities will be afforded reasonable accommodation. The Office of Student Disability Services will certify a disability and advise faculty members of reasonable accommodations. If you have a specific disability that qualifies you for academic accommodations, contact the Office of Student Disability Services to receive proper certification that you can provide to your instructor(s). The Office of Student Disability Services is located at 320 Alumni Circle, Educational Services Building, Suite 19, Phone (251) 460-7212.

USAonline Policies

E-Learning Accessibility Guidelines
Accessibility Audit Methodology
QM-Additional Accessibility Policy

Federal Standards

ADA Standards
Section 504 Standards
Section 508 Standards
Section 508 Summary

Accessibility Course Design 


USAonline Accessibility FAQ
USAonline Accessibility Guide
USAonline Three Basic Accessibility Requirements                                                                            

Student Disability Services
ILC Caption Request Form


E-Learning Accessibility Resources

The organizations and groups listed below contain a variety of information, tools, and guidance for anyone interested in making web and online learning content accessible to as many students as possible.

W3C – World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community where member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop web standards. Led by the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, and CEO Jeffrey Jeffe, W3C’s mission is to lead the Web to its full potential.

WCAG 2.0 – Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these. Following these guidelines will also often make your Web content more usable to users in general.

Essential Components of Web Accessibility

This document shows how Web accessibility depends on several components working together and how improvements in specific components could substantially improve Web accessibility. It also shows how the WAI guidelines address these components.

WEBAIM – Web Accessibility in Mind

WebAIM has provided comprehensive web accessibility solutions since 1999. These years of experience have made WebAIM one of the leading providers of Web accessibility expertise internationally.

AHEAD Association on Higher Education and Disability

AHEAD is a professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities in all areas of higher education.

CAST – Center for Applied Special Technology

CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning.

DO-IT – Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology

DO-IT serves to increase the success of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.