Course Description

This course aims to demystify digital accessibility policies, explore ways to secure faculty buy-in and help create an institution-specific customized preliminary roadmap to a more accessible digital environment.


This course will beneficial for anyone involved in or affected by higher education accessibility efforts, including but not limited to:

  • Higher education administrators
  • Disability services professionals
  • Faculty
  • Instructional designers
  • Technologists
  • IT professionals
  • Librarians

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the legal requirements for accessible digital content;
  • Discuss most common accessibility policies and how to approach their development;
  • Demonstrate understanding of stakeholder resistance;
  • Discuss strategies for buy-in;
  • Develop a plan for implementation of digital accessibility policy and processes;

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Course Overview

    • How to use this course

  • 2

    Introduction and Disability Overview

    • Module Overview

    • Disability Overview

    • Disability in Higher Education

    • Universal Design

    • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

    • Books, Resources and References

  • 3

    Accessibility and Legal Environment in the US

    • Accessibility in Higher Education

    • Rehabilitation Act

    • Americans with Disabilities Act

    • Digital Accessibility under ADA

  • 4

    Policy as Innovation for Improving Access in Higher Education

    • Module Overview

    • Federal and State Government - Role in Policy Innovation

    • Improving Digital Accessibility through Institutional Policy Development and Implementation


CEO ATTECS, LLC/Instructional Designer

Ella Epshteyn

Ella Epshteyn, EdD is an experienced instructional designer, instructional technologist, faculty developer and project manager.

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