Accessible Course Materials


Center for Faculty Development
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San Jose, CA 95192



Students bring a wide variety of physical, visual, hearing, cognitive, and communication abilities to learning. This section focuses on how to assess, create or convert your instructional materials to ensure they are accessible to all students. Below, we consider both print materials – e.g. Word, PDF and PowerPoint documents and non-print materials – e.g., audio and video files, and materials you create as well as those you draw from elsewhere.

Seven Steps in Preparing Course Materials

Step 1: Make Your Syllabus Accessible

Use our accessible syllabus template [doc] for your course.

Step 2: Order Books On Time

Submit orders for textbooks and course readers through the SJSU Bookstore's Faculty Resources affiliate page as early as possible.

This will permit bookstore staff to procure accessible versions of these materials.

Step 3: Submit "Reserve" Material to Library

Submit course reading materials through SJSU library's course reserves list in a timely fashion.

This will permit library staff to ensure that these materials are accessible.

Step 4: Make Your Print Material Accessible

Follow our accessibility guidelines to create ensure that your course documents, handouts, or slides are accessible.

Step 5: Make Your A/V Material Accessible

Add captions to your video or transcripts for your audio course materials. View captioning guidelines for details or complete this request form to get help.

Step 6: Make Your Web Presence Accessible

Make sure your Canvas, SJSU official faculty profile, or other website content is up to date and accessible.

Use this verification tool to test the accessibility of any websites you reference in your material.

Step 7: Contact the AEC About Testing

If you have students registered with the Accessible Education Center, contact the Testing Accommodations office for assistance to ensure that your course quizzes, examinations or assessment materials are accessible.

Additional Accessibility Information

Accessibility Resources

A summary list of available accessibility tools, tutorials, and resources for your reference.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

UDL is a framework that promotes flexibility in the way to present or teach course content, engage students via various activities or strategies, and allow students to express or demonstrate the knowledge or skills they have learned in the class.

Accessibility of Course Materials at SJSU

CSU Policies

"It is the policy of the CSU to make information technology resources and services accessible to all CSU students, faculty, staff and the general public regardless of disability." - Executive Order 926 (EO 926)

US Laws

  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973: the first US law established to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities in programs receive federal funding
  • American Disability Act (ADA): prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities more specifically in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities.
  • Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973: amended to  incorporate ADA to protect students with disabilities
  • Section 508 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973: provides specific technical standards for any electronic or information technology procured with federal funding and addresses accessibility issues