An ID’s Approach to Accessibility: Lessons Learned

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2019 - March 27, 2019

Ben Saxon

Supervisor of Instructional Design
Cengage Learning

Justin Tumelaire

Education Technology Supervisor
Cengage Learning

While many instructional designers strive to create content that is effective for all learners, in reality, their designs often don’t accommodate students with abilities that are different from their own. One way you can ensure that your learning content facilitates learning among all learners is by designing to ADA compliance standards. Not only will doing so result in quality learning for everyone, it will also satisfy a legal requirement to which higher education institutions are beholden.

Although you may not be an ADA compliance expert, all designers have a responsibility to develop inclusive curriculum. There is value in identifying ADA compliance issues early in the curriculum development process. Doing so gives you time to consider alternatives that are ADA compliant, or provides time to correct compliance issues. Learn how one team created guides and a checklist to help focus their compliance checks. They set out to identify reliable resources they could reference when digging deeper into a compliance issue or solution. They built compliance checks into their quality assurance checks ahead of final content delivery to customers. Finally, they built additional time, cost, and training into their projects so they could do the work correctly.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to quickly assess ADA compliance in content
  • What to do if you find content you want to use that is not ADA compliant
  • How to avoid overlooking ADA compliance issues
  • How ADA compliance checks fit into a fine-tuned development process
  • How much time compliance checks add to the process


Designers, developers, managers, and senior leaders (directors, VP, CLO, executive, etc.)

Technology discussed in this session:

The session will review non-compliant assets available directly on websites. Participants with laptops can use them for compliance check activities.


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