Top Ten Accessibility Points

Accessibility is the law, but that doesn't mean it has to be difficult to implement. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has compiled ten Accessibility principles to keep in mind. These principles can be applied when creating anything from a syllabus to a video presentation. Mandated by the Departments of Education and Justice, this is by no means an exhaustive list. However, by implementing these principles you will be on your way to providing the equal access to students and colleagues.

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Purchase only software and hardware that have been tested and certified as fully accessible.

Audio or Video Files:

Provide captioning or a description/transcript in text form.

PowerPoint File:

Make sure all graphics are labeled and include appropriate ALT text.

Non-Text Element:

Provide a text equivalent for every non-text element (images, graphics, symbols, image map regions, animations (e.g., animated GIFs).


Ensure that all content can be accessed with the keyboard alone in a logical way.

Applications Are Accessibility Friendly:

Applications shall not disrupt or disable activated features of other products that are identified as accessibility features.

Links to PDF Files:

Include an indication on the page that the link is different; this will reduce user confusion.

Electronic Forms:

Should allow assistive technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form.

Multiple Languages:

Be sure to correctly tag each language.


Clearly identify rows and columns with headers.

Accessibility Resources

For training/resources on creating accessible documents and course materials, please visit the following sites below: 

Need Additional Help? 

For additional help with accessibility, please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at 901.678.8888 or email