Accessibility & Universal Design

Accessibility Training

What is Universal Design for Learning?

“Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. ” (  Universal design for learning is more inclusive of all differences. Accessibility is still part of UDL, but UDL is also concerned about improving education for students with differences in experience, language, and culture. Read more about UDL.



See the webpage on Blackboard Ally: an accessibility checking tool for your D2L Brightspace course.

Live (auto) captioning available in Microsoft Teams and Zoom web conferencing

Training & Resources  Accessibility quick guide

The Laws

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended 

  • Title II  – ADA Title II applies to State and local government entities, and, in subtitle A, protects qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability in services, programs, and activities provided by State and local government entities. Title II extends the prohibition on discrimination established by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 794, to all activities of State and local governments as well as educational institutions regardless of whether these entities receive Federal financial assistance.  
  • Title III  ADA Title III prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the activities of places of public accommodations (businesses that are generally open to the public, including institutions of higher education).  

The Accessibility Standards/Guidelines