Thursday, August 25, 2016

SLIDE into Accessibility

As stated in an article by NEA regarding UDL (Universal Design Learning), "Educators know that a one-size-fits-all approach does not work when it comes to designing curriculum, instruction, and student assessment. Not all children learn the same way. Not all children express themselves in the same way. And, not all children engage in learning in the same way. Students come to the classroom with a variety of needs, skills, talents, interests, and learning styles."

"For many learners, the typical curriculum is littered with learning barriers and roadblocks. In contrast, a universally designed curriculum is responsive to today’s diverse classrooms and designed from the outset to meet the needs of the greatest number of students. It allows teachers to choose from a menu of tools and strategies embedded in the curriculum and instructional materials."

When working on another blog post regarding accessibility features, I happened upon another fantastic infographic created by Luis Perez. Luis created the "SLIDE" handout/infographic for a seminar at 2016 ISTE conference. SLIDE is an mnemonic device for Styles, Links, Images, Design, Empathy.  

It is important to keep in mind that document accessibility is a complex topic. The following infographic is not intended to be a comprehensive guide, but instead act as a starting point for educators to more seamlessly make their content more accessible. By using these the tips provided as a guideline, educators can work towards creating more inclusive learning environments that allow all learners  access to information.

 "When it comes to making documents more accessible and useful for all learners, small changes can have a significant impact!" - Luis Perez


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