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Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER): Home [Updated 2024]

Accessibility guide for creating OER

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This guide was created to assist CUNY Librarians, faculty, staff & OER developers create accessible content and accessible Open Educational Resources (OER). On this guide you will find information on:
  • Creating Accessible Content: Tips on how to create accessible content including, word docs, pdfs, Images, videos, social media posts and other multimedia
  • Platforms: What OER platforms are accessible? What are the pros and cons of using each platform?
  • Evaluating your OER site: Determine if your site is accessible and see how to fix issues on your site
  • VPATs: Voluntary Product Accessibility Template: Collection of VPATs from various vendors to see relevant information on how a vendor’s product or service claims to conform to the Section 508 Standards.
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Disability Statistics

A 2015-2016 survey found nineteen percent of undergraduates and twelve percent of graduates reported having a disability.

View full chapter:  Digest of Education Statistics - Chapter 3: Postsecondary Education external link.
View disability table specifically:  Table 311.10. external link. Number and percentage distribution of students enrolled in postsecondary institutions, by level, disability status, and selected student characteristics: 2015-16

Citation: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2019). Digest of Education Statistics, 2017 (2018-070)

Attribution:[GitHub] (2017, Dec. 19) Accessibility: it's more than just screen readers - GitHub Universe 2017 [Video File]. Retrieved from

Accessibility Logo CUNY affirms its commitment to making it's web-based, electronic content accessible. CUNY is further committed to a strategy of product enhancements that will keep pace with changing technology, accessibility guidelines, and regulations. CUNY uses the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Version 2.0, AA conformance level as its accessibility standard. - CUNY Accessibility statement

International OER logoThe worldwide OER movement is rooted in the human right to access high-quality education. This shift in educational practice is not just about cost savings and easy access to openly licensed content; it’s about participation and co-creation. OER offer opportunities for systemic change in teaching and learning content through engaging educators in new participatory processes and effective technologies for engaging with learning. OER Commons

OER image By Stefflja (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons