August 17, 2021

Accessibility Checklists

Accessibility Checklist Tools

All materials distributed to students, whether in-class or online, in hard copy or electronic format, by faculty or TA, must be accessible to those who use adaptive technology software, such as screen readers. This page has various resources on how to make your course materials accessible for all students.

Here are 4 quick tips for inclusive course design:

  1. Video content must be closed captioning. This benefits not just Deaf or hard-of-hearing students, but students whose first language is not English or students who are not auditory learners
  2. Select textbooks and readings or update existing course materials at least five weeks before classes start. Many of our students require course materials in alternate formats. Students with print disabilities require texts in Braille, large print, electronic and/or audio formats. The Office of Disability Access and the UNTHSC Gibson D. Lewis Library can work together should you have a student that has self-identified as needing special services in order to convert required readings into formats that are usable by students with disabilities. A delay in providing updated course materials results in delays for our students, a challenge that is difficult to overcome in a timely fashion that meets the needs of your learner within the timeframe of your course.

  3. Provide clean copies of articles for course readers and Canvas postings (e.g. not crooked, and free of underlining and/or notes in the margins). Scanned copies of text that cannot be highlighted with your mouse is an indicator that a screen reader will not be able to read the text and the document does not meet standards for accessibility standards.
  4. Learn about and use accessibility and universal design practices. Examples include website PowerPoint Slides with Alt Tag descriptions and text instead of image PDFs. A great place for information about this is the UDL Guidelines Website created by Cast Organization.

Below are two more resources for which you may refer. There is a downloadable checklist and an eBook that you may go directly to the type of standard of which you need help by clicking the item on the left side navigator bar. It’s recommended to go through each page in order first and become acclimated with the eBook. If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Academic Innovation at


Click Here for a UNTHSC Downloadable PDF Form – Online Accessibility Checklist

Click Here for Digital Accessibility Checklist for Course eBook