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Distance Education Accessibility Guidelines

Access Strategy Examples

The following table includes some examples of access strategies for specific disability categories, in order to illustrate how multiple access strategies are required to ensure ultimate access. While the individual access strategies for a given type of media may be simple, the complete access strategies can be extensive when multiple types of media are combined. Likewise, when an individual has multiple disabilities, the access strategies can also grow more complex.

Examples of Access Strategies by Disability & Electronic Media Type

Media Type Blind Low Vision Deaf or Hard of Hearing Mobility Impairment
Text Braille, Text to Speech, or Audio Screen Magnification, Text to Speech, or Audio None Required None Required
Audio None Required None Required Transcript None Required
Video Descriptive Audio (if possible) Screen Magnification Captions of Audio Content None Required
Complex See Above See Above See Above See Above
Interactive See Above and Refer to Section 508 Criteria See Above and Refer to Section 508 Criteria See Above and Refer to Section 508 Criteria See Above and Refer to Section 508 Criteria


Ultimately, the power of assistive technology and digital media will develop into a standardized approach of creating content that will ensure the access strategies are viable without excessive effort on the author’s part.