Compliance Plan for Multimedia

Since time and resources oftentimes limited, it is recommended that you create a compliance plan for your unit by prioritizing multimedia resources for accessibility remediation and document progress. Following is an example of recommended priorities for our academic environment*:

  1. Requests for accommodations by students, staff and faculty as well as public requests by individuals acquiring information online or through other University channels.
  2. Multimedia needed for health, safety or welfare of students, staff and faculty.
    Examples: emergency procedure video; podcast of health expert describing immunization requirements
  3. Multimedia available on public-facing websites.
    Examples: University, college or departmental promotional videos, audio files and podcasts; research findings presented via multimedia; pre-recorded videos from campus events or web conferences
  4. Multimedia designed specifically for students, including course videos, optional and recommended resources.
    Examples: Videos, audio files and podcasts utilized in online or hybrid courses, face-to-face, or within Learning Management Systems; this includes optional multimedia reference material
  5. Required training videos, audio files or podcasts for faculty and staff.
  6. Video, audio files or podcasts within faculty and staff portals or intranets.
  7. Other types of multimedia not listed above.

*The above information is an example of a select set of University priorities. The priorities of your academic unit may vary, however, keep in mind that certain instances—such as a student requests for accommodation through Disability Services—require timely and equitable accommodations by law. See Captioning Videos.

Did you know?

  • In the United States, about 55 million people have a disability (src: 2010 U.S. Census).
  • About 1 in 5 Americans have some kind of disability (src: 2010 U.S. Census).
  • The percentage of people affected by disabilities is growing as our population ages.
  • Two popular, free screen readers are VoiceOver (Mac OS and iOS) and NVDA (Win).
  • Good accessibility practices can improve the search ranking of your website.
  • Form fields without labels can cause problems for some assistive technology users.
  • Low color contrast makes content difficult to see, especially for users with low vision.
  • Documents linked on a website need to be accessible too (e.g., PDF and Word files).
  • Audio content, like podcasts, need transcripts for deaf or hard of hearing users.
  • Online videos should be captioned for deaf or hard of hearing users.
  • Using HTML tags correctly is very important for accessibility.
  • Descriptive link text helps make a website more accessible. Avoid using "Click here" or "Read more."
  • A "screen reader" is an application that reads content aloud to a user.
  • There is no "alt tag" in HTML. "Alt" is an attribute used with the img tag.
  • HTML uses the alt attribute to provide a text description of an image.
  • Alt text should describe an image, if the purpose of the image is to convey information.
  • If an image is a link, the alt text for the image should explain where the link goes.
  • If an image is only being used for decoration, the alt text should be null (i.e., alt="").
  • If a table has headers, using header tags (<th>) will make the table more accessible.
  • An accessible website is one that can be navigated and understood by everyone.