This section of the toolkit is intended to provide an overview of accessibility considerations on post-secondary campuses, specifically focusing on Universal Design for Learning as an accessibility tool.

Principles of accessibility

Accessibility is the practice of making information, activities, or environments as meaningful and usable as possible for as many people as possible. Accessibility means identifying and responding to conditions of in-access with equitable designs and opportunities. There are three principles of accessibility, which come to us from the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines:

[ 1 ] Perceivable

Information should be presented in ways that people can easily perceive or consume through at least one of their senses.

[ 2 ] Operable

People should be able to interact with the information using their preferred method or device.

[ 3 ] Understandable

Information should be easily understandable, with limited complex words, concepts, or instructions.

While this is a high-level overview of accessibility, more specific best practices for accessibility in post-secondary can be found in the Universal Design for Learning section.

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