What is universal design?
Universal Design refers to the provision of equitable access to course content for all, whether or not a person has a disability.
What is the purpose of universal design?
The goal is to create a barrier free environment which removes barriers to learning for all. The design and creation of course material should incorporate universal design from the beginning.
How to use universal design
Content can be made accessible by following the principles set out by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and should be incorporated at the beginning of the creation stage. See the links below for guidance.
- W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
- Western Accessibility web site
- Barrier Free Web Accessibility at Western
- Assistive Technology and Accessible Workstations/Speciality Software in Western Libraries
- Services for Students with Disabilities
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- How to create accessible documents from Queens University