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All Web content, Blackboard Courses, and electronic publications, to the extent feasible, should be made accessible to people with disabilities. If accessibility is not feasible, the information should be available by alternative means. University web sites and courses on Blackboard may be subject to Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and University non-discrimination policies. Web and Blackboard account holders are responsible for verifying that their pages and courses on Blackboard meet all university requirements including accessibility guidelines. 

Below are a list of resources available to Faculty and Staff on a variety of Accessibility topics.

Resources for Handouts, Blackboard or Materials

Blackboard Accessibility Checklist
Accessibility Quick Tips
Checking PDF Files for Accessibility - Adobe Acrobat Pro XI
Checking PDF Files for Accessibility - Adobe Acrobat Pro DC
National Center on Disability and Access to Education - Provides cheatsheets for making Office Products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Adobe and other media accessible.
Accessibility Features
Making your content accessible in Blackboard
Adding Alt Text to Images in Blackboard (Video)

Best Practices in Accessibility October 29, 2015 - Suzanne Anderson McNeil, Assistant Vice President, Student Health and Wellness, Dean of Students Office/Student Affairs; and Bevin Rainwater, Instructional Designer, Faculty Center for Learning Development (Video)(PowerPoint Presentation)


Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Section 508 of The Rehabilitation Act
Americans with Disabilities Act

Web Accessibility and UDL Resources

WebAim - Web Accessibility
W3  Schools Online
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0)
Color Contrast Analyzer from Paciello Group
Center for Applied Special Technology (UDL)
CAST Professional Learning (UDL Resources, professional learning opportunities, research and more)
National Center on Universal Design for Learning

Students with Disabilities & Assistive Technology

Access-Ability Services at University of Hartford
Disability Services at University of Hartford
JAWS Screen Reader Simulation
Auxiliary Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities – Higher Education's Obligations Under Section 504 and Title II of the ADA