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Digital Content Accessibility Overview

Digital content accessibility refers to the design and creation of information, media, and communication shared online to ensure inclusivity and accessibility for individuals with disabilities. 

 Accessible digital content, including educational materials, such as syllabi, presentations, articles, assignments, lecture notes, video and audio content, and content within the Learning Management System (LMS) are crucial in ensuring equal learning opportunities and facilitating full engagement in the learning process. 


The majority of digital content, including word processing files, PDFs, presentations, forms, templates, and marketing materials, follow the same accessibility tenets. Learning the basics of accessible digital content creation can reduce barriers and remediation needs. Learn more about WebAim Accessible Document Training.  

PDF Documents 

PDF documents can be complex and remediation may present unique challenges. Learn more about PDF accessibility, or request tools that can help. 

Canvas Accessibility

There are numerous resources available to the California Community Colleges (CCC) to ensure all content within the Canvas LMS is accessible. Learn more about Canvas Accessibility.  

Pope Tech Instructor Guide 

The Pope Tech Instructor Accessibility Guide for the Canvas LMS platform reviews Canvas pages for potential accessibility errors and prompts content authors with the necessary changes to fix issues. The Instructor Accessibility Guide helps instructors make changes directly within their Canvas pages to create more accessible content. Learn more about the Pope Tech Instructor Guide tool

Captions and Audio Descriptions

Accurate captions and transcripts for audio and video content, along with audio descriptions for visual elements, are essential for media accessibility. These elements benefit individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, those with visual impairments, and individuals who rely on written text for comprehension. Learn more about captions and audio descriptions

Other Digital Content 

Social Media

Social media platforms are hubs for communication and audience engagement. However, inaccessible content like non-descriptive images or videos without captions creates barriers for individuals with disabilities, limiting their engagement and participation. 


Ensuring email accessibility is crucial because it significantly impacts how your audience interacts, understands, and engages with your content.