Accessible Instructional Materials

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Instructional Materials can be designed in such a way to make them accessible to all learners.  In many cases, the design features help students without disabilities as well as students with disabilities.    As a faculty who designs and develops instructional materials, there are several easy-to-implement design strategies that will increase the accessibility of your materials.


  1. Identify two reasons why it is important to make your course materials accessible
  2. Recognize what is meant by equivalent information/content
  3. Recognize the need for making text, images, multimedia, and links accessible in documents and in web content
  4. Identify ways to make text, images, multimedia, and links accessible in documents and in web content

Module Organization

This learning module is organized by topic.  For your first visit, it is intended that you read and interact with the materials as they are sequenced to gain the information necessary to successfully complete the Accessible Instructional Materials module or workshop.

Topics are arranged to provide the background information of what and why for each concept before addressing the how.  You do not have to complete the module in a single setting. 

After you complete the topics in sequence, feel free to return to this site as often as needed for information or directions on how to make your instructional materials more accessible.

A pdf text version of the entire site is available.

Sequence of Topics

  1. The Laws (optional resources)
  2. TCC Accessibility Support
  3. Why It's Important
  4. Making Text Accessible
  5. Making Images Accessible
  6. Making Multimedia Accessible
  7. Making Links Accessible
  8. How to Make Word Documents Accessible
  9. How to Make PowerPoint Accessible
  10. How to Make Blackboard Content Accessible

Image from: "Accessibility Policy." Arkansas Arts Policy. Web. 11 Nov 20104. <http://www.arkansasarts.org/accessibility.aspx>.

Next: The Laws (optional resources)