Accessibility Tools

NOTE:  As we learn about tools that could be valuable to Faculty and Staff, we will add them to the bottom of this page.

There are many websites that have checklists for evaluating the materials you have created for accessibility and step-by-step instructions for ensuring that your materials are accessible.  We offer a couple of them here, but a search will provide many options.  If you have resources that you use and particularly like, we would like to include them.  Please email disabilityservices@gcc.mass.edu with your suggestions.

The following checklist comes from the University of Washington, a leader in accessible and universal design.  Many of the items in the checklist apply to web pages and web-based applications as well as electronic documents in Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, and other formats, and other products and services that are not specifically web-based:  https://www.washington.edu/accessibility/checklist/

The right sidebar on the checklist page has links to instructions for:

Here’s another link on creating accessible documents from the University of Wisconsin-Madison:  https://it.wisc.edu/accessible-content-tech/create-accessible-documents/

This link for creating accessible documents and slides comes from Middlesex Community College and  seems pretty straight-forward and clear:  https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/accessibility/createacdocs.aspx

Finally, a link to “cheatsheets” from the National Center on Disability and Access to Education: https://ncdae.org/resources/cheatsheets/

These one-page accessibility resources have been developed to assist anyone who is creating accessible content, and are free resources catered to less-technical individuals. Topics include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; Adobe PDFs, accessible web content and YouTube captioning.

More Tools

Subtitles/captions

Amara has a free service to create subtitles for video content that is not loaded on YouTube.

Kapwing and Subly provide video editing and also can generate subtitles.

Transcription

Otter.ai has a free version that provides transcription limited to 300 minutes/month and 30 minutes/conversation.