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Can your students access all your course content? 20% of community college students report having a disability.

At Los Rios, we strive to create an inclusive and engaging learning experience for all students. When you create an accessible course, you make it welcoming to, accessible to, and usable by everyone. That includes students who are English language learners, have a variety of learning styles, have disabilities, or are new to online learning.

Let us help you make your course accessible for all of your students. The resources and training options provided here support efforts to ensure that instructional resources are created to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that your Canvas course aligns with Section D: Accessibility.

Percentage of the Community College Students with Disabilities (2015-16)

  • Attention deficit disorder: 26.5%
  • Depression: 19.2%
  • Anxiety: 18%
  • Other disability: 12%
  • Orthopedic or mobility impairment: 6%
  • Specific learning disability or dyslexia: 4.6%
  • Blindness or visual impairment: 4.4%
  • Hearing impairment: 4.1%
  • Autism, Asperger's syndrome or other developmental disability: 1.9%
  • Traumatic brain injury: 1.9%
  • Speech language impairment: 1.1%

Source: AACC analysis of National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), 2015-16 Undergraduate Data Sets, US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, July 2018. Note: Data retrieved on July 3, 2018. NPSAS disability data are obtained through self-reporting surveys.

Accessibility Resources

Accessibility Best Practices

These best practices will help guide you when designing and updating your course for accessibility.

Accessibility Best Practices

Accessibility Training

Improve your accessibility techniques with these self-paced accessibility learning modules.

Accessibility Training

Accessibility Checkers

Many commonly-used programs have built-in tools to improve the accessibility of your documents. Here's a guide to help you get started using some common accessibility checkers.

Accessibility Checkers

Accessibility Checklist

Use this checklist to verify your course pages are accessible for students with disabilities.

Accessibility Checklist