Accessibility

How to Use the Ally Dashboard

Purpose: Ally is a third-party tool enabled at ASU to provide accessibility scores on files housed in a Canvas course. Accessibility scores show instructors how accommodating their content is for a student with disabilities and meets accessibility standards. The Ally Dashboard in a Canvas course provides an overall accessibility score for the course in addition to breaking down what documents need their scores improved.

**Students will NOT be able to see this navigation link in the Canvas course. This link is only for instructors.**

Other resources:
Course Accessibility Report
ASU Accessibility and Resources
Disability Resource Center
email the LMS Migration team
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Ally: How to Add a Description to an Image in Canvas

Purpose: Image descriptions and alternative text are used to provide contextual information displayed in an image. This is particularly important when images are meant to provide information to the user. While alternative text and image descriptions can be used by anyone, they are necessary for individuals who rely on the use of screen readers, as that is the only way those individuals are able to receive the information in the image.

Other resources:
General Accessibility Design Guidelines
Section 508 – Guide to Accessible Web Design & Development
ASU Web Accessibility
ASU Disability Resource Center
email the LMS Migration team
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How to Add Captions to Videos in MediaAMP

Purpose: MediaAMP hosts uploaded media for ASU Faculty/Staff in a streaming cloud system which can be shared with students via share link or embedding in a Canvas course. In addition, MediaAMP allows users to add captions to uploaded media so students may experience them in an alternative format. It is important to have captions added so all types of students may have access the course content easily, without additional accommodations.

Other resources:
MediaAMP's ASR (Automated Speech Recognition)
MediaAMP ASU contact: mediaamp@asu.edu
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How to Create/Improve an Accessible Word Document (Advanced)

Purpose: Making a word document accessible is important so disability users may easily understand provided course material. Performing this process also alleviates instructors’ needs to provide separate material accommodations after a course has already started. In ASU Canvas, once a document has been adjusted for accessibility, users may download it into other desired formats to fit their needs, but the document’s initial accessibility will determine the ability to use the format appropriately
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Other resources:
MS Office Support - Make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities
Microsoft - Improve accessibility with the Accessibility Checker
MS Office Support - Accessibility support for Word
ASU Web Accessibility
ASU Disability Resource Center
email the LMS Migration team
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How to Create an Accessible PowerPoint

Purpose: Accessibility is an important aspect of course materials and documents. PowerPoint allows you to use default layouts and formatting and add alternative text to images in order to make your slides more accessible to your students.

Other resources:
MS Office PowerPoint presentation accessibility
email the LMS Migration team
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How to Make an Image Accessible in a Word Document

Purpose: Images in a document cannot always be seen by users who are visually impaired. Therefore, it is important to add alternative text to images so tools like screen readers can easily describe and convey the image to the user. The more descriptive the alternative text is to a user, the better they will understand its content and use it for class.

Other resources:
MS Office Support - Make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities
Add alt text to visuals in Office 2016
Microsoft - Improve accessibility with the Accessibility Checker
MS Office Support - Accessibility support for Word
ASU Web Accessibility
ASU Disability Resource Center
email the LMS Migration team
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How to Create or Edit a Table to be Accessible in a Microsoft Word Document

Purpose: Tables created in a Microsoft Word document should be developed to be readable by accessibility tools such as screen readers. It is important to not only make sure the text is accessible, but the structure of the table to allow screen readers to recognize the content and describe it to the user efficiently.

Other resources:
MS Office Support - Make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities
Use Table Headers (Microsoft)
Microsoft - Improve accessibility with the Accessibility Checker
MS Office Support - Accessibility support for Word
Section 508 – Create Accessible Documents
ASU Web Accessibility
ASU Disability Resource Center
email the LMS Migration team
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How to Create an Accessible Word Document (Basic)

Purpose: An accessible Word document refers to a document that is able to be read by disability users using tools such as screen readers or braille alternative formats. Instructors need to take specific precautions when creating Word documents to ensure their material is legible to students with accessibility needs. Some basic steps include font, table, and image formatting.

Other resources:
MS Word document
Microsoft - Improve accessibility with the Accessibility Checker
MS Office Support - Accessibility support for Word
Section 508 – Create Accessible Documents
ASU Web Accessibility
ASU Disability Resource Center
email the LMS Migration team
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Ally: How to View and Read Ally Accessibility Scores in ASU Canvas

Purpose: Ally is an ASU licensed program that works supplementary to ASU Canvas in improving accessibility standards on course documents. Ally will provide its own scoring system on how well a file follows accessibility standards to assist disability users accessing electronic information. Ally will not only provide scores on files, but also guide users to properly improving their items to being 100% accessible.

**Ally is only available on ASU’s institution version of Canvas. It is not currently licensed for any other Learning Management System (LMS) or other version of Canvas such as Continuing Professional Education or ASU Preparatory Academy.**

Other resources:
Ally for ASU Canvas LMS
Blackboard Ally for Canvas - Accessibility Scores
email the LMS Migration team
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Ally: How to View and Download Alternative Formats in Canvas

Purpose: Ally is an ASU licensed program that works supplementary to ASU Canvas in improving accessibility standards on course documents. Once a document has been improved to accessibility standards, users can download it into alternative formats which fit their needs.

**Ally is only available on ASU’s institution version of Canvas. It is not currently licensed for any other Learning Management System (LMS) or other version of Canvas such as Continuing Professional Education or ASU Preparatory Academy.**

Other resources:
Ally for ASU Canvas LMS
Blackboard Ally for Canvas - Accessibility Scores
email the LMS Migration team
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