Importance of Accessibility for Online Courses

As you create course content and evaluate publisher-provided materials, it is important to keep accessibility in mind to ensure that students with disabilities have access to online instructional materials and this content is formatted to be used with assistive technologies, such as a screen reader.

Several US laws address accessibility, including The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Sections 504 and 508), and The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997.

Who is responsible for making courses accessible?

At Montgomery Community College, the instructor is responsible for ensuring that the content of their course(s) meet the ADA accessibility guidelines. The Department of Distance Learning will offer training each semester on accessibility topics. Instructors can attend these workshops or request one-on-one training by making an appointment with Distance Learning staff.