Online and Blended Classes

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 and training efforts, you can learn how to make your online course content accessible through going to the Web sites listed below. You will need to ensure that you:

  • Make graphics accessible through the inclusion of alternative text (alt text) and descriptions
  • Use styles setup for you to use in Canvas
  • Make multimedia, video, and audio accessible through captions, transcripts, description (including PowerPoint)
  • Create Word, PowerPoint, and PDF documents that are formatted using styles and readable by screen readers.
  • Create any new content implementing accessibility principles into your development/design.
  • Review existing content for accessibility
  • Additional Resources