You Should Be Aware That…
We are ALL responsible for digital accessibility at PSCC! As per policy 00:04:00, “The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) and Pellissippi State Community College are committed to ensuring that all campus information and technology are fully accessible for all persons with disabilities.” To meet this expectation of a digital accessibility educational environment, the college is developing a plan which will define individual responsibilities (PSCC policy 00:04:01). The plan will be driven by the following principles:
- Informational materials and technology accessibility is an institution-wide responsibility that requires commitment and involvement from all employees across the college.
- Access for individuals with disabilities must provide comparable functionality, affordability, and timeliness delivered in as seamless a manner as possible.
- The implementation of Universal Design for Learning principles should reduce the need for, and costs associated with, individual accommodations for inaccessible technology products.
What Exactly is Digital Accessibility?
Simply put, digital accessibility is the practice of creating web-based content that removes barriers for access to information to as many individuals as possible. To learn more, see WebAIM’s Introduction to Web Accessibility.
How Does this Impact Me?
Now that you are aware of the specifics as to “WHY” and “WHAT” you are probably wondering “HOW” exactly does this impact ME? We are all responsible for Digital Accessibility at Pellissippi State Community College. Whether you are on the instructional side creating content to share with students or the staff side creating content to share about processes and procedures, you have a shared responsibility to create content for end users that is design in a universal, digital accessible format. This is the point where most folks start to panic, BUT don’t – universal design and digital accessibility do not have to be scary!
By establishing a baseline knowledge about these areas and following a few simple tips, you can help the college with its universal design and digital accessibility goals!
Digital Accessibility Resources
In addition to the resources available here, you will also find resources for developing digitally accessible materials at:
The information contained with the following pages contain information related the following topics:
- Introduction to Digital Accessibility and Universal Design (coming soon!)
- Basic Digital Accessibility Interactive Videos (coming soon!)
- Accessible Word Documents (coming soon!)
- Accessible PowerPoint Presentations (coming soon!)
- Accessible Excel Spreadsheets (coming soon!)
- Accessible PDF Files (coming soon!)
- Accessible D2L Content (coming soon!)
Dr. Paul Ramp, Director
Pellissippi State Community College is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a covered veteran, or genetic information in its programs and activities.
View the Non-Discrimination Policy/Website Accessibility.
For questions or concerns, please contact Annazette Houston, Executive Director of Equity and Compliance.