Center for Teaching, Learning and Design
Welcome from the Instructional Accessibility Group
Instructional Accessibility is the integration of the tenets of universal design and accessibility considerations into instructional designs, structure and technique. These considerations ensure that all instructional material is usable by all members of our campus community, regardless of ability level.
The Instructional Accessibility Group, as an intergral part of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Design, strives to train and support faculty in the area of Instructional Accessibility as they develop more inclusive methods of instruction and course design.
With the need for online and distance learning more apparent than ever, it is important that accessibility laws and tenants be adhered to prior to receiving any accommodation letters or requests. Students or community members have the right to access our content, and should not have to prompt the need for time-sensitive accommodations, when we can provide them accessible materials from the start. Through a proactive and calculated approach, we can develop more inclusive and impactful instruction, reduce our reliance on accommodations, and meet our students where they are.
Getting a jump on improving accessibility can feel so overwhelming that it can be hard to find a place to start. We recommend beginning with our 5-3-1 Accessibility Goals. The 5-3-1 Goals provide beginner, intermediate, and advanced goals that provide excellent starting points at each level for improving your course content. Working through these goals will allow you to identify the areas that are easily fixed and areas in which we can provide the most support.
Accessibility Competency Certification Program
The Instructional Accessibility Group is proud to offer the Accessibility Competency Certification Program(ACCP), a first-of-its-kind program for faculty, staff, and student staff. The ACCP covers six key areas of accessibility through training,demostraction, and application. Through approximately nine hours of instruction and the successful completion of the following assessment certify successful participants as competent in the area of basic accessibility.
Accessibility Best Practices, Tutorials, & Guides:
When looking for support with content guidelines, specific tasks, or general troubleshooting, start with our Best Practices & Tutorials.
For more specific resources please reference our selection of guides below.
- General Accessibility
- Document Accessibility
- Image Accessibility
- Data and Math Accessibility
- Presentation Accessibility
- Multimedia Accessibility
- Web Accessibility
Trainings, Workshops, and Individual Support
The IAG offers any combination of training that would meet your needs or the needs of your department. We can offer more detailed or personalized training, to make trainings more impactful for your team. We offer:
- Department Workshops
- One on One Support
- Team Training
- Accessibility Reviews & More
Please visit the CTLD Events & Workshops page to sign up for our scheduled trainings and workshops.
Access Checks & Audits
Our mission is to provide the training, skills, and support to improve the accessibility of instructional materials. To support these effort, the IAG has developed the Access Check program for courses. Access Checks are offered as a quick review for accessibility shortfalls present in a course. This review provides a starting point for faculty to begin improving the accessibility of their course resources and materials.
Once the check is completed you will recieve the completed checklist, as well as links to resources that will be helpful.
- Access Checks: Sign up for a Access Check and the IAG evaluate and report areas of improvement in your course for improvement.
- Please complete a Access Check Request to sign-up
Accessibility Audits are, in contrast to the Access Checks, a deeply detailed process that evaluates the accessibility of the course materials, and pairs the findings with guidance to improve the accessibility of course materials.
- Contact the IAG to express intrest in this process.
For general questions, support requests, or anything else email the IAG at InstructionalAccessibility@msudenver.edu