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Mission College Organizational and Professional Development Resources: Accessibility Resources

Accessibility Requirements/Best Practices

Accessibility Requirements for Course Content

  • Videos, including YouTube:
    • Must be captioned (Each and every video or video clip, regardless of how short, shown in class or assigned as required viewing MUST contain closed captioning by the first minute of the first day of class, regardless of who is in the course.).
  • Podcasts and audio files:
    • Must provide a transcript.
  • Documents, presentations, and content created in ANGEL:
    • Must work with a screen reader (Note that PREZI does not work with a screen-reader)

Best Practices for Creating Accessible Documents, Presentations, and ANGEL Content (See individual instructions for software specific guidelines):

  • Apply heading styles and paragraph formatting.
  • Format lists as lists.
  • Write meaningful link text.
  • Create tables with column and/or row headers
  • Maintain a proper reading order in tables, forms and slides.
  • Use sufficient color contrast.
  • Don't use color alone to convey meaning.
  • Write math and science equations accessibly.
  • Add alternative text to images, objects and tables.

Automated Accessibility Checkers

Math & Science Accessibility

Guidelines and Related Information

PREZI Presentations

PREZI is not ADA/508 compliant (i.e., does not work with a screen-reader).

Mission College Disability Support Programs and Services

Mission College Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS)

DSPS is the primary resource to aid faculty with the accessibility of their course content. They facilitate the closed captioning of video content (which often qualifies for DECT grant funding - see below) and can also provide information regarding assistive technology and the tools faculty can use to create accessible course content.

If you have questions about accessibility, please contact the Alternate Media Specialist, Mike Denne @ 408-855-5384; or DSPS Program Specialist, Nan Biltz @ 408-855-5086.

Distance Education Captioning and Transcription (DECT) Grant

The Distance Education Captioning and Transcription grant (DECT) provides CCCs with funding for live and asynchronous captioning and transcription as a means of enhancing the access of all students to distance education courses.

ALL online and hybrid classes qualify, as well as college-generated lecture capture content. YouTube video content is also included within the parameters of the DECT grant funding, provided it is required viewing for the course.

Contact Mission College DSPS Alternate Media personnel, Mike Denne, x5384, for assistance with this process. 

HTCTU: The High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges

The High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges is a state of the art training and support facility for community college faculty and staff wishing to acquire or improve teaching skills, methodologies, and pedagogy in Assistive Computer Technology, Alternate Media and Web Accessibility. Click on the Schedule link on the home page for a list of upcoming  workshops. The workshops are free, but you must register to attend.  To register, you must first login. The "Login" link is on the upper right side of every page. The workshops are held at 21050 McClellan Rd. Cupertino, CA 95014.

Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, & Excel