Accessibility: Inclusive for All

Laptop with readable text and a graduation hatIt is important to create adaptable and flexible educational materials that can accommodate a diversity of learning styles and individual needs. The Educational Media Center uses Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as our framework to design learning to be as inclusive as possible from the very beginning. Accessibility of online materials is one aspect of UDL. View the following information and resources to learn why and how to create accessible documents, media, and websites for your courses that can help fortify student potential and abilities by designing learning materials and experiences that are not only accessible, but inclusive for all.

University of Hawaii's Commitment to Accessibility

As a campus of the University of Hawaii (UH) System, we are all responsible to follow the accessibility guidelines set by the UH System. Stay up-to-date with UH's Plan for New Online Content and Functionality and their information and resources for accessibility and creating accessible content on their Accessibility at UH website.

UH Accessibility Guidelines UH Plan Accessibility at UH

Professional Development

We provide or have provided a variety of workshops to engage and support instructors and staff in implementing UDL and accessibility at Leeward CC.

  • Accessibility Starter Workshops
    • Captioning Your Online Videos with YouTube - Feb. 19 at 2:30-3:30pm
    • Making Your Laulima Content Accessible - Mar. 12 at 1:00-2:00pm
    • Making Form-Fillable and Accessible PDFs - Mar. 31 at 1:00-2:30pm
    • Making Your Online Documents Accessible - Apr. 9 at 1:00-2:30pm
  • "Making Online Documents Accessible" - A workshop that provides a foundational overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how Web Accessibility fits into the overall UDL framework. It also provides some basic web accessibility practices for text and images. This workshop is now available as a resource you can review on your own.
  • "Accessibility: Captioning Online Videos with YouTube" - A workshop that provides the basics on captioning videos in YouTube.

Furthermore, we highly recommend checking out UH's Creating Accessible Content which includes how-tos and tools to create accessible documents (including Google Docs), media, websites, and access various accessibility trainings.

Assistive Technologies

As a higher education institution, we are committed to provide accessible learning materials and technologies for students with disabilities. However, we aim to go beyond simply providing accessible information. Our goal is to ensure learning materials and experiences are inclusive of all. View our list of commonly used assistive technologies and also UH's list of assistive technology software and devices.

Instructional Technology Accessibility Statements

It's a good practice to include the accessibility statements of instructional/educational technology tools that you use in your courses in your syllabus and/or course sites. Refer to our list of commonly used instructional technologies' accessibility statements. (Related: Standard (accessible) Leeward CC syllabus.)

Support and Accommodations

The resources on this site encourage a proactive design approach. If you are an instructor and have questions or need support with UDL or creating accessible instructional materials, please contact the EMC.

If you are a staff member or have students with questions about disability support services or need support, please contact the Disabilities Services Office.

Additional Resources

Click on a section below to expand the collection of resources on UDL, designing for accessibility, web accessibility checkers, and self-paced courses and trainings.

For the most current resources, visit the Accessibility at UH website.