Under the Information and Communications Standards, producers of educational materials must make textbooks and any other academic or training materials available in accessible formats by January 1st, 2020. For instance, accessibly produced materials include:
Educational institutions must provide accessible versions of all bought, borrowed, or created materials made available to other students in a timely fashion. Regardless of whether materials were required or optional, accommodated students must not unduly wait to receive material already available to their peers.
Institutions may make some materials accessible themselves. For instance, school staff can:
Alternatively, institutions may need to contract third-party companies to produce other materials, such as Braille textbooks or tactile maps. Producers of educational materials must provide accessible or conversion-ready formats to assist in conversion processes. Producers who cannot make material accessible must provide a valid explanation of why this was not possible and provide summaries of the non-convertible aspects.
Instructors and/or teaching assistants needing support providing alternate formats for students with verified accommodations through Student Accessibility Services can contact Library Accessibility Services.
Read more on this and the AODA HERE.
Here are some ideas to improve accessibility in the classroom. Some of these suggestions may work for your situation; some may not.
When creating a textbook or publishing research, one thing to think about is publishing your work in an accessible digital format. Most researchers are familiar with creating digital content, and with a few minor changes, digital content can also be accessible. There are many benefits to creating accessible digital content, the main advantage of being access for all. In addition to improving access for those with disabilities, improving the accessibility of the material benefits those without disabilities, and it improves SEO (search engine optimization). For more information on how to make those changes, please visit: