Instructional Resources for Designing Accessible Content

Jan. 20, 2017

CU Boulder is committed to fostering an accessible campus environment and offers a host of universal design resources and services to help you ensure your content is accessible for all learners. As a new semester starts, here are the tools, services and learning opportunities that instructors and content developers will...

Unlock Access with SensusAccess Document Converter

Jan. 11, 2017

As part of CU-Boulder’s commitment to fostering an accessible campus environment, OIT licensed a service called SensusAccess, which allows anyone with an @colorado.edu email address to upload a document and have it automatically converted to an accessible document type. By following four easy steps on the CU-Boulder SensusAccess form, the...

When to Use Tables and How to Make Them Accessible to Screen Reader Users

Sept. 17, 2016

From an accessibility perspective, there is some question about whether to use or to avoid tables. As a general rule, tables are more useful to screen reader users with more skills who know how to use the screen reader tools that assist in navigating a table. Even more important though,...

Access for All: Coffee Shop Conundrum

Sept. 14, 2016

Darrin settled into a seat at his favorite Pearl Street coffee shop and queued up the videos he was expected to review for his Physics class. But as the first video started to roll, the din of conversations, espresso making and clanking dishes drown out the audio portion of the...

Register for Accessing Higher Ground Conference

Sept. 1, 2016

The Accessing Higher Ground Conference , the 19th annual edition of the accessible media, web and technology conference, is coming up November 14-18, 2016 at the Westin in Westminster. Early-bird registration is available until September 22. In addition to the early-bird discount, affiliates of the CU Boulder campus can receive...

New Service Provides Support for Universal Instructional Design

Aug. 25, 2016

To help move the campus toward the goal of becoming fully accessible according to the CU Boulder Campus Standards for the Accessibility of Information and Communication Technology Policy , the Office of Information Technology has implemented a service for universal design. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the Universal...

Making Sure More than Eyes Can Detect an Element

Aug. 5, 2016

If the only way to understand an object, image, link, or button is visually, then it is not accessible to someone who is blind. Appropriate labeling and alternative text ensures users have more than one way to gather information about a given element. Labels and alternative text are programmatically determinable...

Accessible Word and PDF documents

July 12, 2016

There is a newer resource on Understanding Accessible PDFs that is the current official summary of our knowledge and services around PDF accessibility. It is usually overall more accessible to make documents into accessible html documents, not have them be external documents, but instead integrate them into a site or...

Screen Reader and Magnifier Software

May 19, 2016

The purpose of the Accessibility and Usability Lab (AUL) is to make sure web resources are accessible to blind and low vision people at CU Boulder. Since most blind and low vision users access computers and mobile devices with either screen reader or magnifier software, it can be helpful to...

Access for All: Difficult Obstacles

April 28, 2016

As Margot approached the building where her next class was to start in two minutes, her long white cane struck something she didn’t anticipate on the narrow ramp to the front door. A bike had been locked to the handrail on the ramp. Locking your bike at a bike rack,...

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