Statement on Accessibility
The Americans with Disabilities Act sections ADA 504 & ADA 508 in addition to multiple CA Government Codes require all online content to be 100% accessible to all students and all video captions to be 100% accurate. Per CA State and RCCD’s Chancellors’ mandates, RCCD faculty are responsible to ensure that all course content and materials meet these standards. Some students may need additional accommodations and assistance from both their instructor and DSS/DRC support staff. District DE is here to help faculty improve the accessibility of their course content; please contact the
Accessible Technology and Media Coordinator for ways we can help you fix your content.
These are some of the top questions faculty ask about accessibility. The
full FAQ is available at the Accessibility Training Course (details about this course are explained in the Accessibility Resources section below).
Am I required by law to make my content accessible? Why am I just now hearing about this?
Yes. Those of us promoting accessibility are wondering the same thing; it has been the law since 1973 with an expansion in 1990. The reality is that education has moved online relatively recently, and
lawsuits are starting to come down on colleges and districts for having inaccessible websites and using inaccessible course materials and publisher content. As these lawsuits grow and become more high profile, these requirements are starting to get more and more attention.
As an online instructor, you probably already have the skills needed to make content accessible - i.e. selecting text, creating hyperlinks, using style headings, etc. However, if you need assistance, please make an appointment with our Accessible Technology and Media Coordinator for assistance or submit a document you'd like to have made accessible to the document repair form.
I'm not tech savvy. How am I supposed to know how to make my stuff accessible?
I don't create my course content, but get it from a publisher. Who's responsible for accessibility in this case?
Faculty are responsible for the accessibility of the content they use --- even if it was created by someone else such as publisher. While we would hope publishers would make accessible content, if they don't, liability falls on you (and/or your institution) for selecting and requiring inaccessible content. This is why it's so important to ask about accessibility and compatibility with assistive technology prior to selecting a textbook and/or instructional technology.
Another thing to consider when using publisher content and publisher platforms/websites is that it can be difficult or impossible to edit or fix the materials. In some cases, you may be able to make changes to improve accessibility, but in others you may not. We recommend that you research this before ordering and requiring students to purchase a textbook or a textbook/course code.
Help is available! The Accessible Technology and Media Coordinator can address your questions and concerns and also offer technical with making your Canvas course and documents accessible. Here are several pathways faculty can get assistance:
Make an appointment --
Our Bookings page allows you to book an appointment to get help via Zoom. Also check out our appointment
scheduling page which offers an overview of meeting options.
If the available meeting time slots are not convenient, please get in touch to schedule at a more convenient time.
Document repair request -- Submit an inaccessible document (such as PDF, Word, PowerPoint) for remediation.
- Contact the Accessible Technology and Media Coordinator --
If you prefer to get in touch directly rather than scheduling a meeting, here are some contact options:
- Contact by
- Contact by phone: 951-222-8696
Faculty can explore support resources that take the guess-work out of accessibility. These resources include:
Accessibility Training Course -- A Canvas course designed for RCCD faculty. Learn the basics of what to do and how to do it to make your own Canvas courses and documents fully compliant.
Workshops (Live) -- Keep an eye on our workshops announcements for upcoming trainings on accessibility.
- Video Library (Accessibility) -- Check out all of our recorded accessibility workshops, webinars, and tutorials.