Digital Accessibility: Accessibility, Accommodation, & Universal Design for Learning

This guide provides a brief overview of the main terms related to universal access and it includes links to departments and resources at Rice.



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Digital accessibility is the degree to which digital content can be accessed and used by as many people as possible, regardless of ability.

  • The OIT Learning Environments team supports digital accessibility in an array of information and communication technology including Canvas, electronic documents, video captions, web pages, and more.

  • “A11y” is a numeronym for “accessibility” where the 11 letters between “A” and “Y” are replaced by the number “11.”
    In other words, be an ally by improving a11y!

  • Search “a11y” in the Rice Knowledge Base for guides about topics like headings, alt text, descriptive links, color contrast, closed captions, tables, and more.
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A process by which arrangements are made to enable students, faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities to participate equally in the environment and activities of a particular class or university life in general.

  • The Disability Resource Center (DRC) ensures compliance with the ADA and coordinates all reasonable accommodations including academic, housing, dining, parking, special events, and more.

  • The DRC provides a statement for your syllabi about reasonable accommodations.

  • Visit the DRC website for more information about disability and accommodation.
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A framework for proactively designing digital and physical environments and adopting inclusive teaching and learning practices that meet the vast array of individual learner needs.

  • UDL is student-centered and promotes multiple modes of representation, engagement, and action.

  • UDL puts the emphasis on universal access and not so much on ability.

  • Visit the CTE website for more resources and events.

  • Visit the CAST website for more information.




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Keywords:accessibility, universal design for learning, accommodation, disability, ada, drc, oit   Doc ID:101546
Owner:John W.Group:Rice University
Created:2020-04-29 10:55 CDTUpdated:2022-05-03 13:55 CDT
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