What is Accessibility?
Accessibility means access; access to instructional materials, documents and websites for everyone, regardless of disability. At Cal State LA, we are working toward inclusiveness for students, faculty, staff, and the public.
About 20% of the population has some type of disability and this may not include cognitive impairment like learning disabilities or age related issues, which could result in a higher percentage.
Major Categories of Disabilities*
- Visual: Blindness, low vision, color-blindness
- Hearing: Deafness and hard-of-hearing
- Motor: Inability to use a mouse, slow response time, limited fine motor control
- Cognitive: Learning disabilities, distractibility, inability to remember or focus on large amounts of information
*List provided by Web Accessibility in Mind.
What is Accessible Technology?
Accessible technology is the practice of making electronic documents, websites, and videos that can be used effectively by everyone, including students, faculty, staff, and guests with or without disabilities.
To help build a high-quality learning experience, accessible technology must be part of the process. This inclusive practice can help lessen and even remove barriers for not only persons with disabilities, but for all users.
Benefits that help all users:
- Font that can be enlarged
- High color contrast between the foreground and the background for readable content
- Bulleted list for better comprehension of listed items
- Headings that help users understand the hierarchy of a web page or document
- Assistive Technology:
- Many tools are used to help persons with disabilities navigate content. Some of these tools are known as Assistive Technology (AT). AT is the term used for technology that assists users to do something they would otherwise be unable to do or need assistance doing.
Examples of AT:
- Use of a screen reader to enable a blind user to access online content
- Screen magnification software for low vision users
- Speech recognition software that help users with fine motor disabilities dictate
- Software program that builds memory and comprehension for people with a variety of disabilities