What it Means To Be Accessible
"It is not about you or me, it is about the user." - Thomas Vander Wal
"Web accessiblity means that people with disablities can read, navigate, and contribute on the web" - as stated at http://webaccess.msu.edu. Obstacles to these freedoms might include: improperly functioning forms, content that is reliant upon color for context, flickering images, multimedia without captions or transcripts and more. The MSU policy on Web accessiblity "applied to all University Web pages used to conduct core University business or academic activities, : and aims to help educate MSU students, staff and faculty members, eleminating some of these barriers".
At LearnDAT we encourage our faculty to review the web accessibility guidelines that must be followed to bring a course or web page into compliance with the MSU policy which took effect on July 1, 2008. Faculty members teaching an online or blended course must ensure that they have a fully compliant syllabus as well. Also, Faculty members should advise their students to contact the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) for individiual needs assessments and accommodations when registering for a course within MSU.