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Accessibility Competency Certification Program

At the Metropolitan State University of Denver we hold close the five core values of Community, Access, Diversity, Respect, and Entrepreneurship. To support the core value of Access, the Instructional Accessibility Group has worked diligently towards the creation of a method by which to disseminate as much accessibility knowledge as possible, to as many people as possible. While it has been possible to learn about accessibility Concepts in individual workshops, accessibility is better approached as a sum of its parts. Understanding all of these parts can be difficult; it is important to recognize those who can and do strive to understand those Concepts. 

In the spirit of recognizing the achievement of gaining such tremendous knowledge, the Instructional Accessibility Group has pioneered the Accessibility Competency Certification Program, as a method by which to assess and certify those faculty and staff on campus who have taken their commitment to Access(ibility) that much further. By ensuring all students and community members can access all MSU Denver materials at any time, we can sustain the diverse community that has become such an integral part of MSU Denver’s identity.


Organization

The Accessibility Competency Certification Program, or ACCP, is a first-of-its-kind program that aims to educate academic staff and faculty, as well as student staff, on the basics of accessibility in the educational space.  The program involves 9 hours of instruction and hands-on Practice.


To be eligible to take the ACCP assessment, participants must attend the following training. Trainings do no have to be completed in any specific order. To sign up for our training, head to our Events & Workshops page. 

  • Accessibility Past, Present, and Future
    • We will cover information about the legal and historical basis for the accessibility movement. We will learn about the history of Americans with Disability, the ADA, and the human sacrifices that took Accessibility from a suggestion a legal requirement. We will also discuss how emerging tools, like OER, can be tested for accessibility.

  • Defining Document Accessibility
    • We will cover how to make documents in the Microsoft and Google Suites accessible. We will explain techniques to make your content accessible before it is distributed as well as how to make inaccessible PDF documents accessible once again. 

  •  Authoring Awesome Alt-Text
    • We will cover how to add a textual description to images and make them accessible for all users. We will review the best practices for authoring alternative text, image long descriptions, and tackling complex images like memes and graphs. 

  • Presenting Accessible Posters and Presentations
    • We will cover how to identify inaccessible posters, marketing materials, and presentations. We will review which presentation platforms are the most accessible and which to avoid. We will also teach you the best methods to debut presentations both in-person and on-line.

  • Video, Audio, and Accessibility
    • We will cover how to distinguish inaccessible audio and video content from accessible content. We will review tools and avenues to make video and audio content accessible.

  • Web and Social Media Accessibility
    • We will cover how to ensure the accessibility of web based content. We will discuss how to review web content for accessibility as well as tactics and tools to improve the accessibility of your social media presence.

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