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Use Ally in Canvas

All Canvas pages should be accessible. 

There are currently two ways to check (SP19). 

1. Use inside each page by selecting the icon. 

2. Use Ally to run a check for you. 

What is Ally (explainer video)

Ally will be available to all in Fall 19. If you'd like to use it now, please contact Distance Ed:

OER & Accessibility

Standards for Accessibility

WC3 Standards 

Accessibility is essential for educators that want to create inclusive high quality websites and web tools.

Web Accessibility Standards (State of California Department of Education)

BC Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit

University of Washington IT Accessibility Checklist & Tutorial

Keeping Web Accessibility In Mind (YouTube)

WebAIM video from 2012. This is more of an overview as technology has changed with the advent of smart phones. 

Resources for Visually Impaired


Designing for Screen Reader Compatibility. Screen readers convert digital text into synthesized speech. WebAIM has a site/page evaluation tool WAVE.

National Federation for the Blind Higher Education Accessibility Online Resource Center

Blind & Visually Impaired Accessibility Checklist (Lehman College, CUNY)

Web version

Introduction to Screen Readers (YouTube) 

There are apps for the Blind or Visually impaired. 

AFB - American Foundation for the Blind accessible mobile apps

AV AppleVis

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