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How does accessibility benefit all students?

There are many cases in which improving the accessibility of course content benefits all students, including those without a disability. Accessibility is often closely connected to the quality and usability of the course materials. Here are some examples.

Example 1: Having a proper digital copy of a document instead of a scan makes the document more usable for all students. It might make the document easier to read, especially for low-quality scans, and it also allows students to search through the document and find specific content, copy and paste sections of the document, and so on.

Example 2: Having a video with proper captioning or transcript makes the video more usable for all students. It allows the student to search through the video and find specific parts, the video can still be watched in high-noise situations (e.g., commuting), and so on.

Example 3: Having an image with a quality description can make the image more usable for all students. It can help clarify the content of the image and how it connects to the surrounding context, it makes the image searchable, and so on.

Example 4: Providing a good heading structure to a long document makes the document more usable for all students. It provides additional structure, which makes it easier to work through and process the content. It also allows for a Table of Contents to be generated, which can improve the navigability of the document. 

For instructors:

  • Receive feedback on the accessibility of your content
  • Improve content accessibility with Ally's step-by-step instructions

For students:

  • Provides accessible alternative formats such as audio and electronic braille
  • Allows students to choose the type of file they want that best suits their needs.
  • While you're in the process of improving your files, students still access alternative copies.