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Basic Principles of IT Accessibility

DIY IT Accessibility

In this webinar, we will give an overview of the six areas that have the greatest impact on making your online content more accessible. Unintentional barriers to learning can happen when headings, links, color, images, tables, and multimedia are incorrectly used or formatted. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to make all of your online content more accessible, including ELMS-Canvas course spaces, emails, presentations, and handbooks. Participants will leave the workshop with new skills for increased accessibility as well as additional resources for implementing the Six Essential Steps in all aspects of creating and editing online content.

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Accessible Course Design

Implementing Accommodations and Accessibility: Best Practices Online

In this webinar, we will give an overview of how to implement the most common accommodations such as extended time for exams and professional captioning using ELMS-Canvas. We will share accessibility best practices and tools that can be used to build accessibility as an integral part of course design.

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Web Accessibility

Introduction to Web Accessibility

Introductory training for web content producers, editors, and managers. This 2-hour training will cover:

  • Introduction to Web Accessibility
  • Overview of how individuals with disabilities use the web
  • How to apply the IT accessibility 6 essential steps (headings, links, color, and contrast, images, tables, media) in everyday tasks
  • Basics of accessibility testing (automated tools and manual checks)
  • Basics of document accessibility

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Siteimprove: All modules overview and updates

Siteimprove is a third-party hosted Web Governance software solution that enables users to quality check websites under the domain for accessibility compliance, errors, and best practices. The Siteimprove Web Governance suite includes the following modules and tools:

  • Accessibility (check against WCAG 2.0)
  • Quality Assurance (broken links, misspellings)
  • SEO module (increases Search Engine traffic)
  • PDF Checker (test PDFs hosted on a website for broken links and accessibility issues)

Available Training and Support

  1. Login at with your UMD credentials.
  2. Review the following training resources:


  • Siteimprove Help Center. Siteimprove has a comprehensive list of tutorials, knowledge articles, and training materials in their Help Center.
  • UMD users may contact the Siteimprove help center directly to ask general questions and to address technical issues at
  • Contact DIT’s IT Accessibility team at

Document Accessibility

SensusAccess: Alternative Media Made Easy

SensusAccess is an alternative media solution to convert documents into multiple formats. SensusAccess allows students, faculty, staff, and alumni to convert documents into various alternate media, including audiobooks (MP3 and DAISY), e-books (EPUB, EPUB3, and Mobi), and digital Braille.

The service can also convert inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files, JPG pictures, and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into more accessible and less tricky formats.

The quality of the conversion is dependent upon the quality of the original document. For instance, if you upload a poorly scanned image file for conversion to a text format, the resulting text document may include recognition errors in the output file. However, a Microsoft Word document containing the heading style markup for chapters (e.g., Heading 1, Heading 2, etc.) will convert into a more usable DAISY or ePub format with the relevant chapter navigation elements.


Equidox PDF Remediation Software: New User Training

Equidox is a web-based software that converts inaccessible PDFs into accessible documents. Training is required for users before being granted access to the platform.

Training and Tutorials

  • Review Equidox Training Videos covering the high-level basics for day-to-day use of Equidox, interface navigation, and best practices for PDF accessibility. Areas of focus will include text, headings, lists, tables, images, links, and other common elements that make up a PDF document.
  • Review the Equidox user guide.

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