Links and resources

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This page will pull together existing links and resources:


Accessibility Passport generator is a resource to enable a developer to check and document accessibility aspects of project work. The Accessibility Passport Generator was created by JISC TechDis.

The Floe Inclusive Learning Design Handbook is an OER designed to assist teachers, content creators, Web developers, and others in creating adaptable and personalizable educational resources that can accommodate a diversity of learning styles and individual needs.

Accessibility advice from the OER infokit Produced within phase 1 of the OER programme.

Making your teaching inclusive - an Open University resource, no longer updated but still very relevant

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources - guidance on OER-related accessibility issues, note that some of the links are broken

Examples of best practice

Good Examples of Accessible Web Sites- real-world examples of accessible websites

Accessible University - fictional university home page designed at University of Washington to demonstrate a variety of common web design problems that result in visitors with disabilities being unable to access content or features (there is a "before" and "after" version)


WebAnywhere a non-visual interface to the web - free, public screen reader implemented as a web proxy


File:Accessibility issues in the context of UKOER programme.pdf- the report focuses on the results of a survey which was conducted by Anna Gruszczynska on behalf of SCORE (Support Centre for Open Resources in Education at Open University). The survey sought perspectives of educators who are involved with using, creating and sharing educational content online, regardless of their familiarity with OER initiatives.

Accessibility checkers

A-prompt - Web Accessibility Verifier developed by University of Toronto

WAVE free Web Accessibility Evaluation tool provided by WebAIM

aDesigner is a disability simulator that helps designers ensure that their content and applications are accessible and usable by the visually impaired, it helps check the degree of accessibility of a web page to a screen reader.


Improving Accessibility to Mathematical Teaching Resources - JISC Rapid Innovation project which focuses on developing solutions for making teaching and assessment material in mathematical subjects fully accessible.

Open Course Library - a collection of shareable, course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts. Project team have an interest in exploring issues related to universal design and accessibility of OERs [I have arranged to talk to Tom Caswell on Friday 13th July].

OER Access California State University, MERLOT, Open CourseWare Consortium, and the National Federation of the Blind are working together to support building an open community of educators who can contribute their expertise on accessible technology. Very much a sister project to ACTOER (with more resources...) and they are interested in what we are doing - I spoke to Una Daly and she was keen to learn more, likes our approach of providing examples of accessible resources.

Blog posts and other resources

How accessible are my OERs blog post by Terese Bird

Accessibility of Open Educational Resources Interesting discussion on MERLOT VOICES portal

Accessibility and metadata - CETIS resources on adequately describing accessibility features of a resource

Using Xerte to create accessible and effective assessment resources Blog post by Joan Gavin

Crowdsourcing OER Accessibility Blog post from OER Glue team

What Video Auto-Captioning Means for OER Blog post from Tom Casswell on the potential of auto-captioning for improving OER accessibility

Open Course COnsortium Accessibility group

OCW newsletter - September issue is devoted to accessibility in the context of OERs

Conference presentations

The power of OER to support diverse learners presentation delivered by Una Daly and Jayme Johnson at the Online Teaching Conference 2012 San Jose, CA presentation on how to create and evaluate open educational resources for accessibility.