Specialized Support for Students with Disabilities
Services for Students with Disabilities: Accessibility and accommodation for students with disabilities.
Specialized Support for Multicultural, International, and Special Interests
Specialized Support for Academic Skills and Technology
Additional IPFW Support for All Students
Computer is Not a Typewriter
Style Basics in Word
Descriptions of images allow screen reader devices to read aloud what a student might not see well or at all if he or she has a visual deficit. Sometimes the labels for where to place the descriptions appear as ALT TEXT (alternative text) and sometimes as ALT TAG (alternative tag). The point of the description is to be descriptive, such as "group of students in a computer lab seated in rows, with one student in the front row who is wearing glasses." Simply stating "image of student" would not convey the description.
These guidelines for design can also be adapted to other documents. PowerPoints were originally intended for large-group presentations, but have come into popular use in online learning for lecture notes or study guides. Often, it would be better to use another format for these purposes. However, when PowerPoint is used, the file needs to be web accessible, and it should be copied into an accessible PDF format for ease of viewing. For how to make PowerPoints web-accessible, go to the Resources tab.
Images for "Getting Started!" section came from these sources.
How to Create a Culturally Diverse Classroom (eHow): student in front row with glasses.
Colleges Lock Out Blind Students in Online Classes (Chronicle): student listens to recording.
Inspiring Student: Anthony Bonelli! (The Artichoke, Montreal): student with head brace at desk.
Current Business News (University of Texas): "differently abled" on chalkboard.
In Perpetuity (Shoah Foundation): student viewing video at computer.
Smartphones Assist Deaf Undergrads in the Lab (Research.gov): student uses smartphone in lab.