Instructional Materials Accessibility

Instructional materials and online course materials must be accessible to persons with disabilities in order to provide them with effective communication.  Communication should be, to the extent possible, as effective for persons with disabilities as it is for persons without disabilities.  An essential component of effective communication is timeliness of delivery of accessible formats.  To the extent possible, instructional materials, including online course materials, must be accessible to students with disabilities at the same time it is available to any other student enrolled in that program.  

Instructional Materials Accessibility Plan

By June 2007, following consultation with local faculty senates as appropriate, each campus should create a plan to support faculty and staff practices that will ensure timely access to instructional materials.  This plan should include, but is not limited to, the following elements: 

1. A process for timely adoption of textbooks by faculty.

2. A process for identification of textbooks for late-hire faculty.

3. A process for early identification of students with disabilities who require instructional materials to be provided in an alternate format.

4. A strategy to increase faculty use of the campus learning management system (LMS) for delivering technology-enabled courses, and for posting syllabi and instructional materials online for traditional face-to-face and hybrid or blended courses. 

5. A process to incorporate accessibility requirements in the purchase of digital or multimedia instructional materials (captions on videos, for example).

6. A method to incorporate accessibility as a required component in the curriculum review and approval processes.

7. A plan to support faculty in the creation of accessible course content.

8. A communication process and training plan to educate students, staff, and faculty about the campus Instructional Materials Accessibility Plan. 

9. An evaluation process to measure the effectiveness of the plan. 

10. The identification of roles and responsibilities associated with the above processes. 

11. Milestones and timelines that conform to the project calendar.