Accessibility is about making your course and its content usable by students with specific disabilities. However, accessibility is really about making a course more usable for all students by creating a clear course structure using multiple modalities.
There have been some very high profile legal cases recently involving schools who have neglected to make courses accessible, and while we should work on accessibility out of a desire to make our courses stronger for all students, the need to avoid legal action is also real and compelling. You can read more about some of these recent cases at ATHEN Legal News (Links to an external site).
There is help available to make your course content accessible:
@One CCC Online Network offers free facilitated and self-paced courses in making accessible content.
Local POCR Resource Center Accessibility Toolkit
Course Design Resources from the OEI
COD's DE TEam of Instructional Designers, along with our DE Subcommittee offer regular and on-demand assistance with course design elements.
You can join Creating Accessible Online Courses with Canvas at any time to learn more.