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Accessibility: What It Means and Why It Matters

Target Audience:

This course is designed for students in grades 7-12. It is designed for the users of screen readers particularly, however, students with low vision who are learning to manipulate text in order to adjust the size can also benefit from the information in this course.

Course Description:

Students in public schools today are faced with the challenge of accessing information in a variety of ways that are constantly evolving. Gone are the days when teachers relied solely upon textbooks to teach and assign homework. Teachers today pull from a variety of sources to increase student engagement: videos, websites, and social media resources, for example. They often aggregate course content on a learning management system like Google Classroom or Canvas. While this is an exciting time in education, it means that students with visual impairments are faced with the challenge of not only learning course content, but also understanding how to access content.

In Accessibility: What It Means and Why It Matters, students will learn about the core tenets of accessibility, structure and navigability. Students will begin learning about these concepts and how they apply to Microsoft Word and then consider how the same concepts apply to other document formats as well as Internet navigation. Students will also learn about Optical Character Recognition, PDFs, and how to manipulate print documents they receive in order to access the text. Finally, students will learn about best practices for accessibility in digital books.


Approximately 30 Minutes

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