Roles & Responsibilities

The question we are asked most frequently is "What is my role and responsibility in regard to accessibility?" Advancing accessibility supports the diverse needs of the Miami community and the University's commitment to inclusion. Accessibility benefits everyone.

Incorporating the following steps into your processes will assist to provide an accessible learning environment for our student.

Administrative Staff

  • Integrate accessibility into the planning process when overseeing or working on projects.
  • Train your staff on accessibility so it comes from a top-down approach.
  • Consider accessibility when influencing or deciding on technology purchases.
  • Consider accessibility with overseeing computer classroom settings.
  • Include accessibility when developing policies, procedures or guidelines for your offices or employees.
  • Consider consulting with the AccessMU center to assist with accessibility needs.

Teaching Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff should consider accessibility when:

  • Using Canvas
    • Helpful Tips: Provide a consistent layout, navigation, and design across the course platform making content easier to locate and use. Choose a layout style or theme within Canvas that has a strong color contrast.
  • Using websites in class or for posting information.
    • Helpful Tips: Make sure students can access all necessary websites or software application functionalities via the keyboard only, such as accessing menu options and navigating between different screens; Clearly identify each hyperlink destination. Typically, the title of the web page or document to which you are linking.
  • Creating or posting documents or videos online for a class.
    • Helpful Tips: Avoid using color combinations that make the text hard to read. Try using color combinations with a strong contrast to make course materials more perceivable by everyone; Provide digital copies of course materials so that students will have the opportunity to listen to the documents on different devices or when using Assistive Technology; Configure copy machines to create digital copies of scanned documents; Use proper styles and formatting to create well-structured documents. This includes the use of headers and bulleted or numbered lists.  Well-structured documents have a better chance of being viewable and navigable on different devices and for assistive technology.
  • Using technology (i.e., wikis, etc.) for your class assignments
    • Helpful Tips: Confirm screens can be enlarged without distorting the text. (“Ctrl +” keystroke)
  • Using visuals or playing audio/video files in the classroom that give important info pertaining to the class.
    • Helpful Tips: Include an alternative description of images that are meaningful; Provide alternatives to visual materials (e.g. complex charts, graphs, etc.) for learners that may need textual cues to help identify the salient points of visual materials. If the descriptions are lengthy, provide a link to a companion document (or chapter, if applicable) that includes an overview of the visual materials. This ensures that everyone has meaningful access, including individuals that are more efficient with processing text, have a visual impairment or have attention span difficulties.