We all have the responsibility of creating environments that ensure equal access. Explore these resources and contact the ASAC with additional questions.
The American University community creates materials with Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
Check your content for accessibility by using this simple tool.
Please be aware that there are many versions of Adobe Reader. You will only be able to use full features when using the paid version. Check with your department to see if you have access to the paid version of Adobe Reader.
- Recognize Text in this file/OCR This allows our students who have reading disabilities and vision loss to be able to access your content. It also allows your document to be indexed in search results.
- Accessibility Checker allows you to identify elements that need some extra attention to make your PDF fully accessible to all.
- Acrobat DC: Creating Accessible PDF's: Training modules on Lynda.com. You can log in to Linkedin Learning with your AU credentials to access training videos.
American University has licensed SensusAccess, a self-service alternate media solution that allows the AU community to automatically convert inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files, JPG pictures, and PowerPoint presentations into more accessible formats. The tool also converts documents into a range of alternate media including audiobooks (MP3 and DAISY), e-books (EPUB, EPUB3, and Mobi), and digital Braille. It is a useful tool to use to make sure your course files are accessible.
You can also access this tool online at https://americanuniversity.service-now.com/sp?id=wcag_sensus For help with the tool, please contact Canvas Support at 202-885-3904 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Professors can integrate SensusAccess into their courses by following the steps in this document.
American University recently licensed Kurzweil 3000, a multisensory learning tool with reading, writing, and studying features now available to all students. To learn more about how to access Kurzweil 3000, please visit the Kurzweil ServiceNow page.