After reviewing these common accessibility issues, you might be wondering who at Western is available to help with the creation of accessible instructional materials. While there isn’t a “one-stop shop” at Western, consider the following strategies:
- The Centre for Teaching and Learning can consult with you on course design and delivery decisions for Universal Instructional Design.
- Western Libraries is a great resource for publications and print/scan stations.
- The Instructional Technology Resource Centre (ITRC) supports instructors in creating and using accessible technology/materials for the classroom.
- Check your department or faculty technology services website for resources and How To’s.
In addition to external support, some software have built-in accessibility checkers, such as Adobe Acrobat Pro and MS Word. These can be used to automatically determine errors in a document that you have received or to guide you as you create a document.