Soomo’s standards for creating and assessing accessibility.
Plus a few demos and guides.
REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit
Thanks to everyone who joined us at this ASU-hosted conference to participate in a dialogue about accessibility between a courseware developer and an undergraduate who uses a screen reader. In our 20-minute conversation we promised to provide this brief guide for faculty seeking to improve accessibility in the resources they create for students.
Screen Reader Demo
In this screen reader demo video, accessibility specialist Devon West walks us through the experience of using a screen reader. The demo provides real-world illustration of why it’s so important to know and follow basic accessibility guidelines.
Accessibility Style Guide
All of our original content incorporates the accessibility standards outlined in our style guide. Our style guide has been shaped by the criteria outlined in the WCAG 2.1 Level AA standards of the Web Accessibility Initiative as well as Section 508 of the Workforce Investment Act, and has been further enhanced thanks to feedback from BayFirst Solutions. We also perform periodic audits including automated, manual, and functional testing by the SSB Bart Group.
These principles are applied during the development, editing, and quality assurance processes, providing us with three separate opportunities to catch and fix any inaccessibility issues. See below for an abbreviated version of our standards.
Soomo Accessibility Guidelines
- All typography should be rendered as text so that it can be enlarged, magnified, and/or parsed by screen readers.
- Soomo original videos should have closed-captioning.
- Written transcripts should be provided for all audio and video content.
- “Alt” descriptions should be provided for all non-text items like images.
- There should be no blinking or flashing in text, gifs, java applets, or anything else.
- Images should not use image maps.
Navigation and system
- There should be no use of frames.
- A browser’s accessibility features should not be disabled.
- An operating system’s display settings should not be overridden.
- The use of speech should not be required to interact with the webtext.
- Time should not be factored into auto-graded assessments.
- Time limitations should not be used in assessments.
- Support is provided through both email and phone.
We are committed to making content that is accessible to all students and instructors. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments regarding our accessibility statement, please get in touch with us. We welcome your input!