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Designing for Accessibility from the Beginning: How to Create and Vet Accessible Materials

There are many reasons why accessible materials are important and beneficial for learning. Here are some of them:
โ€“ Accessible materials can increase the availability and use of educational materials and technologies for learners with disabilities across the lifespan. This can help them achieve their academic and career goals, participate in society, and enjoy a better quality of life.
โ€“ Accessible materials can improve the learning outcomes and satisfaction of all learners, not just those with disabilities. They can provide multiple ways of representation, expression, and engagement that can match the diverse needs and preferences of learners. They can also enhance the usability, readability, and attractiveness of educational materials.
โ€“ Accessible materials can support the legal rights and obligations of learners, educators, and institutions. They can ensure compliance with federal laws and regulations that protect the civil rights of learners with disabilities and require equal access to education. They can also promote ethical principles and social justice in education.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the concept and importance of accessibility in design and how it relates to assistive technologies.
2. Identify the common barriers and challenges that people with disabilities face when accessing materials and how to avoid or overcome them.
3. Learn and apply the best practices and tools for creating accessible materials, such as using appropriate fonts, colors, contrast, headings, alt text, captions, etc.
4. Test and review your materials for accessibility using various methods and tools, such as screen readers, keyboard navigation, accessibility checkers, etc.

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