Accessible & Universally Designed Online Content
Accessibility: Creating products and services that are usable by both individuals with and without disabilities
Universal Design: Creating products and services that meet the needs of the greatest majority of individuals without the need for intervention, supplementary services/tools, and assistive technologies (such as screen readers)
Legislation states that private universities that accept federal funding are required to make both programs and services equally accessible to both students with and without disabilities.
Ignatian and Jesuit principles, foundational to Xavier, speak to the inclusion of all individuals, addressing the whole person in a positive and loving manner.
As we move forward in preparing to meet our responsibilities campus-wide through awareness, education, and training efforts, information to assist you in making your online course content accessible will be made available on this site. You will need to ensure that you:
- Make graphics accessible through the inclusion of alternative (alt) text and descriptions
- Make multimedia, video, and audio accessible through captions, transcripts, descriptions (including PowerPoint)
- Create Word, PowerPoint, and PDF documents, as well as basic Blackboard content, that are formatted using styles and readable by screen readers
- Create any new content implementing accessibility principles into your development/design
- Evaluate the accessibility of your content