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Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Accessibility

How to make Accessible Materials

Scanned PDF's are the most inaccessible type of document out there. They are simply images of text. To format text and build in the structure provided by headings, lists, etc. we must first convert scanned documents to text.  In Adobe Acrobat, you have the ability to convert a scanned document to real text that can be searched and navigated by assistive technology. This is known as "OCR-ing" a document.  Learn how to OCR PDFs with Acrobat.    Bonus tip: When sending an email, the best practice is to copy the text from the PDF into the content box so it can be read by assistive technology.  Then attach the “OCRed” PDF document.

Illustration of different kinds of accessibility symbolsIt is the policy of OC to provide information technology resources and services that are accessible to all OC students, faculty, staff and the public regardless of disability. This policy encompasses all information and communication technology (ICT) used to deliver programs and services throughout the institution.

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SBCTC's Library of Accessibility Resources

SBCTC (the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges) offers a variety of accessibility-related micro-courses. Each course is approximately 3 hours in length and focuses on particular skills and/or content creation programs.  Enrollment is OPEN – there are no fixed dates. For more information, contact: SBCTC eLearning Staff elearning@sbctc.edu 360-704-3942