Universal Design and Accessibility Resources

Illinois Information Accessibility Design and Policy Program

This online certificate program offers three graduate courses:

  1. Understanding Disability and Assistive Technology
  2. Creating and Procuring Accessible Electronic Materials
  3. Designing Universally Accessible Web Resources

These courses can be completed within a year and must be passed with a B or higher. More information about the tuition and registration at IADP.

Accessible Content and Documents

Contact Accessible IT Group (DRES) for services or trainings on accessible online content or documents:

  • Word document, PDF, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Video captioning, audio transcripts, audio description
  • Learning management systems, content management systems, or course websites

Overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) is dedicated to research and development of Universal Design for Learning for all learners in education and beyond. Learn more about their timeline and work on UDL. They offer several hubs for the higher education:

Self-paced Online Course

A self-paced online certificate course via University of Hawaii at Manoa is available for anyone to participate. This assessment allows participants to take it any time before, during, or after the program. Participants can also learn from each module without taking the assessment if they wish:

  1. Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  2. Assistive Technology (AT)
  3. Hidden Disabilities
  4. Rights & Responsibilities

In order to be certified, they must complete it with a score of 80% or higher. Begin the course at www.ist.hawaii.edu/training.  

UDL and Accessibility Guide

Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) at Ohio State University recently launched new sites (2015) on UDL and Accessibiliy as a guide and blog sharing all things UDL. Their guide involves a process that highlights questions, resources, and checkpoints in creating a sound course that is optimized and accessible to all learners.

UDL-Universe Development Guide

This comprehensive guide was created by California State University System for faculty and staff in higher education. Their development process involves three-tier level:

  1. Application of UDL principles to enhance teaching and learning
  2. Utilization of accessible instructional media and practices
  3. Awareness of assistive technology enablers and barriers

One Stop Clearinghouse

DO-IT website at University of Washington promotes the concept of inclusiveness for all individuals with disabilities in education and employment. Their site serves for all audiences, educators, learners, veterans, and employers.