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Access/ibility: Access and Usability for Digital Publishing

Guidelines for Teaching Access/ibility

The intent of this document is to focus on teaching students to help develop an awareness and understanding of accessibility concerns. This stems out of the discussion of the "Statement for Local Institutions" where teaching best practices to students and colleagues became a concern, as our students are, or will be, publishing in digital forums, and it should be our responsibility to prepare them to compose accessible texts.


As creators of content, students need to be aware of access/ibility concerns. With this knowledge, students can make better rhetorical decisions and create texts that increase the potential for all readers to make meaning from those texts. More importantly, students can recognize the repercussions of developing texts that are inaccessible, both in terms of availability and accessibility.

Core Concepts

Best Practices

There are hundreds of resources that discuss how to ensure that a classroom and teaching materials are accessible. Given legal requirements to serve the needs of all students, every college and university will have guidelines and on-campus resources on accessibility. Following these guidelines are important for ensuring that all students have the support that they need to thrive in the classroom.

Writing instruction should be universally inclusive and accessible in the ways that these campus resources explain, but it should also include instruction on how student can make the texts they compose universally inclusive and accessible: