What is Accessibility

Accessibility refers to the ability of a device, product, service, or environment to be usable by everyone, regardless of disability. Some disabilities include blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photo-sensitivity and combinations of these.

Accessibility is an important aspect of Universal Design for Learning and they often go together. UDL, often, refers to the process of making learning effective and usable for everyone and can extend beyond accessibility to addressing learner preferences, styles, and methods of instruction that meet students’ needs. Often accessibility is considered when integrating technology into the learning environment. Universal Design involves the usability of that technology and extends to how the technology is integrated into the learning plan, along with the other elements of the course.