One of the best ways to ensure as many students as possible can access to your textbook is to offer it in a range of formats. For example:
EPUBs are considered the most accessible file format for screen reading software.
Disability support services at your university can assist you with accessibility. Disability support services facilitate student accommodations such as:
Three easy steps you can take to improve the accessibility of your open textbook are:
If you're using Pressbooks, Pressbooks was designed to be accessible to all users. For example, Pressbooks:
You can use online tools to test the accessibility of your open textbook or convert it into different accessible formats:
You can use the rubric below to assess the accessibility of your open textbook:
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The City University of New York (CUNY)’s Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER) provides a list of online tools for evaluating the accessibility of OERs.
‘Accessibility’ in Authoring Open Textbooks by Melissa Falldin and Karen Lauritsen, licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence, based on 'Step 4: Determine Access' in Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need To Know by the Open Textbook Network, used under a CC BY 4.0 licence.
‘Accessibility Checklist’ in The Rebus Guide to Publishing Open Textbooks (So Far) by Apurva Ashok and Zoe Wake Hyde, licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence, based on ‘Appendix A: Checklist for Accessibility’ in B.C. Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit (2nd ed.) by Amanda Coolidge, Sue Donner and Tara Robertson, used under a CC BY 4.0 licence.
‘Make Your Book Accessible and Inclusive’ in Pressbooks User Guide by Pressbooks, licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence.