Every day, accessibility is taking a more prominent seat in education. Accessibility should be a starting point for all education but often it is an add-on. Linda Ryder and Elissa Baker from Hudson Valley Community College discussed their approach for making accessibility and universal design the first things faculty think about.
The presenters pointed out that accessibility is typically a cultural issue. Accessibility should not be an add-on. This video highlights this point. It is from an article, Implementing an Accessibility Policy: An Insider’s Guide.
Hudson Valley Community College requires online instructor training prior to teaching online. The presenters shared a glimpse of their Blackboard course, and accessibility and Universal Design for Learning were presented at the beginning of the course and emphasized throughout the course.
The presenters shared a number of handouts. You can view these handouts by reviewing my notes.
If you are part of the JCC community and want to learn more about accessibility, online course design, and Universal Design for Learning, please contact a member of the TEI team.