What kinds of disabilities should be considered when designing a web course?

Universal Design is the best approach to designing a web course.  Using this approach plans for disabilities as well as learning preferences by making the content accessible in ways that make it usable by the majority of students.  e-Learning Center staff can help you plan for Universal Design in your online course content.

Categories of disabilities that can affect Internet usage include: visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive, and seizure. Web design efforts should either eliminate or minimize information barriers in each of these areas for individuals with disabilities. Some examples include:

  • Providing a text equivalent of a graphic (visual)
  • Offering a transcript of an audio lecture (hearing)
  • Removing the time constraint from an online test (mobility)
  • Adopting a consistent uncluttered web site design (cognitive)
  • Removing flashing or flickering content (seizure)

Visit accessibility standards for more information.

keywords: accessibility, disability, usability

Last updated: Dec 9, 2011