The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is proud to announce a video series covering a variety of topics on digital access in education, including how people with disabilities use technology, applicable Federal regulations, and identifying and remediating barriers to access. Whether you are in the educational field or not, these videos have wide ranging coverage for those who want to know: What makes technology accessible for individuals with disabilities? And how can I make my site or platform more accessible?
All videos on this page are open-captioned.
For questions or comments regarding this video series, please contact the Office of Civil Rights at OCR@ed.gov
An Introduction to Digital Accessibility
Meet Catherine Lhamon, the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, as she introduces key topics in the area of digital accessibility in education.
Digital Accessibility: Three Points About the Law
Learn about two Federal civil rights laws relevant to digital accessibility in the educational context: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
How Some People with Disabilities Use Technology
Meet some students and parents with disabilities and learn how they interact with and use technology.
Recommended Practices & Tips for Digital Accessibility
Learn some helpful tips to providing quality online experiences to everyone.
Vendors and Partnerships
Explore ideas for partnering with institutions and working with vendors to meet your digital accessibility goals.
Creating an Organizational Culture that Embraces Accessibility
Explore thoughtful approaches to partner with key stakeholders and mission-critical individuals within your organization to create a seamless, supportive culture around digital accessibility.
The Importance of Manual Testing for Digital Accessibility
Learn why manual testing is important and how to incorporate reliable testing protocols into your workflow.
Keyboard Access and Visual Focus Indicators
Explore fundamental concepts of testing for keyboard access and visual focus indicators, barriers typically missed by automated checkers.
Testing When the Screen is Magnified
Dive deeper into manual testing, and see what can happen to navigation and content when web pages are enlarged by people with low vision.
Logical Reading Order
Check out what can go wrong when web pages don’t follow a logical reading order for people who rely on keyboard navigation and screen readers.
Learn about alternative text and why it is important for people who cannot see photographs and graphic images.
Forms can be a useful way of collecting information from your users. Do you know how to make sure everyone can use them?
Buttons & Form Controls
Learn about form fields and buttons used on web pages, and how to test them for specific accessibility concerns.
Use of Color Alone to Convey Information
What to think about when using color to convey information.
How to check for sufficient color contrast, and why it’s important.
All about links: how they are used in navigation, labelling concerns, and distinguishing them from surrounding text.
Do you need to use a data table on your web page? If so, learn how to appropriately format table content to ensure everyone can understand your data.
Learn how to use heading structure on a web page so everyone can navigate your content with ease.
What counts as “success” when captioning your videos – and how to avoid epic (and embarrassing) gaffes.
Reporting & Responding to Digital Barriers for People with Disabilities
A discussion of best practices for how schools can be aware of potential barriers and respond to such concerns, and tips for people with disabilities who experience barriers.