For anyone that’s truly familiar with ADA compliance, there’s not a lot new here, but it’s a nice summary of some of the things one can do to help make your courses accessible.
The ‘scary’ part of the article is the list of colleges that have received civil rights complaints about inaccessible information. There are some big names there; students are not bashful about ensuring they can get access to the information they are entitled to!
I had a students with a disability in the summer, which forced me to look at some of the elements of my course and to adjust them to make them accessible. I was lucky since I had only a few (okay, and known!) elements that needed attention.
The changes I had to make were good ones, and helpful to all the students in the course.
Before you’re in the position of having to deal with a required accessibility update, you might want to check out this article from Educause.
The list of “20 Tips for Teaching an Accessible Online Course” at the end of the article is useful. Each tip has links to more in-depth information.
The Online Learning Office has staff to assist you in evaluating your course, and can assist you with needed changes. Contact them at GCCOnline@genesee.edu. Or contact the Disability Services office, found in the Center for Academic Progress. There are great staff in both places!