|Overview of the ILTI Accessibility Tracker Tool|
Introduction to the Tool
|Background:||The accessibility tracker is a tool created by the ILTI instructional design team to ensure that all course content (e.g., pages, static illustrations, video, downloadable files) are accessible to all students regardless of physical abilities.|
The tool highlights elements related to course content accessibility as defined by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which are published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main international standards organization for the Internet.
It is beyond the scope of this tool to assist in conducting accessibility reviews of third-party platforms and software that are used in a course's learning environment. Such a review should be conducted in collaboration with the appropriate campus technology group in the planning phase of the given course.
Why accessibility is critical:
|According to the National Center for Education Statistics 11% of college students have a disability, this includes both physical and learning disabilities. It is the legal and ethical responsibility of the University of California to adhere to the laws and recommendation put forward by the ADA and WCAG so that all students can have equal access to educational opportunities.|
More on WCAG:
|WCAG recommendations are organized into two levels. Level A sets a minimum level of accessibility and does not achieve broad accessibility for many situations. Level AA affords access to a majority of students with disabilities. |
UC recommends AA conformance for all Web-based information whenever possible. When AA conformance isn't possible, such as having a deaf student in a live session, then it is recommended that we work with that student to provide an accomidation through the local accessibility office. Here is the link to learn more on WCAG: https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/
|Sometimes testing and WCAG 2.0 AA level compliance is not enough to give a student with a disability equal access to content. In such cases they will need an accommodation, which are administered through the local campus office of accessibility. The final tab in this tool lists the URLs for accessibility offices on all nine campuses.|
How to Use the Tool
Accessibility Standards tab:
|The accessibility standards tab is used holistically throughout the design and development process. It consists of 11 foci related to how content and media are created and displayed. It can be used as governance documentation and/or as a checklist.|
For each area of focus, the tool explains why it is an essential accessibility consideration and then identifies where in the WCAG 2.0 guidelines to find additional information.
Tracking Sheet tab:
|The tracking sheet tab is used at the end of the development cycle to conduct a quality assurance review on course accessibility. It is used to identify specific examples where content does not meet minimum WCAG standards and provides a mechanism to tracking how the content is updated to achieve minimum compliance|