ADA Compliance & Training

What does ADA compliance mean for technology?

"ADA" stands for Americans with Disabilities Act. This act requires that electronic media and technology be accessible for all people with disabilities. This includes all publicly accessible information (any website) as well as materials posted in Blackboard. Prioritization for effecting compliance is based on needs requested through the Student Success Center.

How do I get help as a student?

The Services for Students with Disabilities page has the information necessary to request accomodations. For more information, contact Ruth Cooper, Director of the Student Success Center.

What is being done with campus technology to make it accessible?

  • Screen readers (NVDA) are installed on all public computer labs.
  • Employees are converting documents that are not accessible to a more accessible format.

What is accessibility?

Accessibility refers to how easy something is to use. The principles of universal design are used to determine how to make documents as compliant and accessible as possible.

Video Accessibility Checklist

Here are step-by-step documents you can use to make Videos more accessible.

Video Checklist for ADA Compliance (PDF) How do I use the checklist? (flash video)

 How do I make Word documents more accessible for all users?

Here are step-by-step documents and training videos you can use to make Word documents more accessible.

Word Checklist for ADA Compliance (PDF) How do I use the checklist? (flash video)
Using Styles (PDF) How do I use Styles? (flash video)
Using Headers and Footers (PDF) How do I use Headers and Footers? (flash video)
Using Hyperlinks (PDF) How do I use Hyperlinks? (flash video)
Creating and Using Tables (PDF) How do I use Tables? flash video

How do I make PowerPoint presentations more accessible for all users?

Here are step-by-step documents and training videos you can use to make PowerPoint presentations more accessible.

PowerPoint Checklist for ADA compliance (PDF) How do I use the checklist? (flash video)
Inserting Items (PDF)  
Using Layouts and Themes (PDF) How do I use Layouts and Themes? (flash video)
Using Fonts and Colors (PDF) How do I use Fonts and Colors? (flash video)
Using Images (PDF) How do I use Images? (flash video)
Using Tables (PDF) How do I use Tables? (flash video)
Using Charts (PDF) How do I use Charts? (flash video)

How do I make Excel more accessible for all users?

Here are step-by-step documents you can use to make Excel spreadsheets more accessible.

Excel Checklist for ADA compliance (PDF) How do I use the checklist? (flash video)

Contact Information:

If you are a faculty or staff member with accessibility and technology-related training questions, please contact:

Joel Rahn, Academic Computing Manager, joel.rahn@concordia.edu, 512-313-4007

Wesites for further accessibility research:

University of Washington Do IT
Universal Design for Learning

This page was last updated on May. 29, 2013.
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