Accessibility Overview

This course provides an overview of accessibility as it pertains to online courses. The topics covered in this course are:

  1. The definition and importance of accessibility to students with a disability
  2. Identification of the four main disability groups
  3. Pertinent federal and state laws
  4. Pertinent A&M System and A&M-Commerce Accessibility Policies
  5. Accessibility Roles at A&M-Commerce
  6. Assistive Technologies
  7. Resources

 If you would like additional information on implementing any of these guidelines for your courses, please email or call 903-886-5511.  


This checklist is provided for your convenience.  It will help faculty identify common practices that allow for accessibility. Additional information and assistance is available through the AT Accessibility Lead,

Link: EIR Checklist for Online and Blended Courses

1. Definition and Importance of Accessibility to students with a disability

  1. "Accessibility, Why Is It Important" 
    1. Transcript 
  2. "Accessibility by the Numbers 
    1. Transcript 

2. Identification of the four main disability groups

  1. Visual Disability
    1. Accessibility for Visual Disability 
      1. Transcript
    2. Low Vision and Color Blind Disability 
      1. Transcript
  2. Auditory Disability
    1. Auditory Disability 
      1. Transcript
  3.  Motor/Sensory Disability
    1. Sensory /  Motor  Disability 
      1. Transcript
  4. Cognitive Disability 
    1. Cognitive Disability (Website) 

3. Pertinent Federal and State Laws

  1. Federal Laws

    1. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
    2.  Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  2. State Laws

    1. Texas Government Code 2054, Subchapter M, 2005

    2. Texas Administrative Code Chapter 206 

    3. Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 213 Accessibility Standards for Institutions of Higher Education

4. Pertinent A&M System and A&M-Commerce Accessibility Policies

  1. A&M University System Policy 

  2. A&M-Commerce Accessibility Policy 

5. Accessibility Roles at A&M-Commerce

  1. Student Disability Resources And Services (SDRS) Office

  2. EIR Accessibility Office 

  3. Office of Academic Technology

6. Assistive Technologies / Tools/ Websites

  1. JAWS software
  2. Screen Reader 
  3. TTY Telephone 

7. Resources-Organizations by Disability Type

  1. Visual Disability
    1. American Foundation for the Blind
    2. Center for the Visually Impaired
    3. Color Blind Homepage
    4. National Federation for the Blind
    5. Captioning Infographic
  2. Auditory Disability
    1. American Sign Language
    2. Auditory Disabilities
    3. National Association of the Deaf
  3. Motor/Sensory Disability
    1. Cerebral Palsy
    2. Multiple Sclerosis
    3. Spinal Cord Injury
  4. Cognitive Disability
    1. Cognitive Disabilities 
  5. National Studies
    1. Research S