Accessibility and why is it important
Millions of people have disabilities that effect how they use the internet. Taking account of web accessibility means that these people can use, experience and contribute to the internet in a meaningful way that does not discriminate against their disability.
Users without a disability also benefit from good accessibility as many of the core principles ensure content is available in multiple situations and in a flexible manner. For instance, users may be on mobile devices, using slow internet or have temporary disabilities such as an eye infection affecting their sight.
There are a number of reasons why accessibility is important.
- We have a moral obligation to provide equal access and equal opportunity to every one that wishes to access education at Aston.
- Legislation states that Aston must make reasonable adjustment to make content accessible.
- The Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Part III Access to Goods and Services
- Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001
- The Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Part IV Education
There are many aspects to how Blackboard works that impact upon its accessibility that are beyond the control of those who use the system daily. However, there is still a responsibility on all users to do what they can to make reasonable adjustment to the way they use the system to conform to good accessibility principles.
Below are some steps that can be taken to hugely improve the accessibility of your Blackboard course with minimal effort.
- Images should have alternate text allowing a screen reader to describe the image to a visually impaired user.
- Fonts should be an ‘easy to read’, sans serif style and at least 12pt size.
- Contrast and colour should be planned to include the colour blind.
- Text composition should be aimed at dyslexic students.