Barriers to Accessibility in Educational Contexts

"Understanding Barriers to Accessibility" (web page) explains and gives examples within an educational context of the "five identified barriers to accessibility for persons with disabilities" under the following categories:

  • Attitudinal barriers
  • Organizational or systemic barriers
  • Architectural or physical barriers
  • Information or communications barriers
  • Technological barriers

Getting Started with Accessibility

The Educators’ Accessibility Toolkit, a suite of resources available from Accessible Campus (an initiative of the Council of Ontario Universities), provides a good starting point for understanding how to make your courses and teaching more accessible.

The toolkit includes information on the following:

  • Course planning (developing courses, writing a syllabus, teaching outside the classroom, E-Learning)
  • Creating accessible science laboratories
  • Creating accessible lectures and tips for teaching students with various disabilities
  • Understanding and responding to mental illness

An integral component of accessible education is providing course materials in an accessible format. For information and guidance on how to do this see creating accessible documents.

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