Accessibility Resources for Faculty and Staff

Accessibility Benefits All Learners

CSU is committed to providing equal access to electronic information for all students. Diverse students who benefit from accessibility include:

  • Students with Various Learning Styles
  • English Language Learners
  • Students with Disabilities

Universal Design

Universal Design is a strategy for creating materials that:

  • Builds in accessibility from the start.
  • Maximizes compatibility with a wide variety of software and hardware.
  • Benefits all learners.

Benefits include the ability to:

  • Listen to documents on mobile devices or on the computer.
  • Search documents for a specific term or definition.
  • Copy and paste quotes into papers.
  • Use software to highlight text and collect highlights for studying.
  • Navigate the document using headings and table of contents.
  • Implement reading strategies.

Legal Obligation

Another important reason to improve usability is our legal obligation as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act and in Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. These laws guarantee equal access to educational materials, electronic or otherwise, for students with disabilities.

Where to Start

This Website

This website seeks to streamline the information about electronic accessibility into the most important take-away points for faculty and staff at CSU. It is not comprehensive, but is a starting point. Each page provides links to in-depth resources and tutorials that you will find helpful when you are ready to learn more.

Start with the Top 3 Features of Universally Designed Documents and go from there to the pages on specific document types (links are found in the sidebar).

Video Tutorials Atomic Learning

Professional video tutorials are available for CSU faculty and staff through Atomic Learning. For more information on accessing the tutorials, see the Atomic Learning page.

On Campus Trainings

The Assistive Technology Resource Center offers consultation and training if you need some extra guidance. See the trainings page for more information.