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Introduction

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    The original Accessibility Toolkit was a collaboration between BCcampus (Amanda Coolidge), Camosun College (Sue Doner), and Tara Robertson from the Centre for Accessible Post-secondary Education Resources BC (CAPER-BC), an organization that provides accessible learning and teaching materials to students and instructors who cannot use conventional print materials because of disabilities. LibreTexts has modified their contribution to cover our OER system.

    Why an accessibility toolkit?

    The focus of many open textbook projects is to provide access to education at low or no cost. But what does access mean? If the materials are not accessible for each and every student, do they fulfill the mandate to deliver fully open textbooks?

    The goal of the LibreTexts Accessibility Toolkit is to provide the resources needed for each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open and accessible textbook – one that is free and accessible for all students.

    The suggestions provided in this guide are intended for the non-technical user. If you are looking for more technical descriptions about how to make your work accessible, review the WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines).

    Updates to the second BCcampus edition

    Josie Gray is responsible for

    New information

    Revised chapters

    The following chapters were significantly changed and updated:

    Book-wide changes

    • Screenshots of the LibreTexts editor replaced those from Pressbooks
    • Information added about how to meet accessibly requirements when publishing in LibreTexts
    • Heading levels changed to conform to guidelines outlined in Organizing Content
    • Errors corrected and content updated

    In the near future LibreTexts will use its Polyglot engine to produce versions of this Toolkit in French and Spanish. Translations into other languages can be made available on demand

    What is Pressbooks?

    In addition to providing general strategies for ensuring the creation of accessible content, the LibreTexts Accessibility Toolkit  includes specific instructions on how to achieve accessibility requirements in LibreTexts. The LibreTexts online authoring tool is one component of the LibreTexts OER system for creating and modifying open textbooks. (See the LibreTexts Construction Manual.)

    Libretexts' Accessibility Policy outlines our Accessibility Conformance Reports and Useage Guides.

    LibreTexts maintains a free self serving system for access to the over 2500 textbooks in our library for faculty and staff from post-secondary institutions worldwide.

    To Care and Comply: Accessibility of Online Course Content

    Here is a video looking at Portland Community College’s web-accessibility guidelines, and how supporting students with disabilities is a shared responsibility across the college. The video includes stories from students whose education is impacted by inaccessible web content, and ways faculty and staff can improve online course materials to make course content more accessible.

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