3 Tools to Help with Accessibility


Accessibility is not only the law, it’s just the right thing to do. When most people think about making things accessible, they immediately think it’s a task to fulfill requirements to help learners with a specific disability. Yes, creating accessible learning materials is needed to help students with disabilities. However, it’s also creating learning materials for people with different learning styles. A transcript to a YouTube video isn’t only for someone with a hearing disability. It can also be used for someone who learns better by reading the information or simply for someone who wants to take the material with them to read on their lunch break. We have to change our mindset on accessibility and not allow it to become a bad word. Below I have compiled three great resources to help you with creating accessible materials in your courses and training.

1. oTranscribe

Transcribing videos isn’t something that most people consider fun. It’s a long process that can involve a lot of starting, stopping, changing screens. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. oTranscribe allows you to do everything on one screen and use quick keyboard shortcuts to rewind or move forward in the videos.

2. WCAG Contrast Checker

Full disclosure. I am color-blind. I have a hard time distinguishing certain shades of reds, greens, and blues. Want to make sure your designs have enough contrast so people like me can see the awesome thing you’ve created? Check out this contrast checker.

3. Textise

Want to see if your website is accessible to a learner who uses a screen reader? Use this handy tool to convert your website to text. This is the text a screen reader would read, so you can quickly look and see the problem areas of your website, for example gorgetting to alt-tag an image.

Is there an accessibility tool you would like to share? Let us know in the comments!

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