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Accessibility Guide for Sheridan Library Staff

An internal guide for Sheridan Library staff to answer their questions about accessibility, UDL and AODA requirements.

Accessible Classroom Presentations

These presentations are available upon request. All presentations use a larger font size, a clear, easy to read font, alt tags for images, elimination of textboxes, use original powerpoint templates which are accessible. I added a link to one of the videos. 

Videos added to presentations MUST be close captioned and MUST have the player controls available and easy to use within the presentation.

Accessible Word Documents

‚ÄčPlease see the video below to learn how to create accessible Word documents according to Sheridan College and accessibility standards.

Accessible PowerPoint Presentations

Please see the video below to learn how to create accessible PowerPoint presentations according to Sheridan College and accessibility standards.

Accessible PDF

Please see video below to learn how to create accessible PDFs according to Sheridan and accessibility standards.

UDL Tips

The purpose of UDL is to design classroom materials that everyone can use and benefit from. 

UDL “provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.” (National Centre on Universal Design for Learning, 2012)

Here are some UDL recommendations you can try out in the classroom:

  • As another format for feedback from sessions, having the option of a Google form or Survey Monkey available instead of paper feedback forms. 
  • Podcasts or MP3 recordings of the lecture can be made available. This not only helps students who are blind or visually impaired, but could be used as a valuable study tool for all students. This can be sent to the professor in advance for it to be available upon request.
  • Having electronic copies of presentations made available in advance help. I always recommend to our Liaison Librarians to email the presentation to the prof for them to make it available in the LMS used at your institution.
  • Close captioned videos used in the presentation or transcripts of any videos without an audio track.
  • Create a Pinterest board for showing lots of images, maybe screenshots and presenting them in an interesting way.
  • Padlet can be used for organizing information, class notes, study notes, etc. Padlet
  • Using Quizlet as a study tool and create flashcards. Quizlet
  • Kahoot - create educational games on any subject, made in multiple choice questions

Please see the Accessible Learning Environment Faculty Resource for more information and videos on UDL.

Videos on inclusion and UDL in the classroom