Universal design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood, and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability, or disability.

JMU Resources

The Accessible Media and Technology (AMT) program assists students in procuring accessible course materials, utilizing assistive technologies, and producing accessible formats. Examples of accessible formats include audio versions of books and articles, transcripts or captioned versions of videos and audio, as well as large-print and Braille. AMT trains students to use assistive technologies as well as the Accessible Technology Labs. AMT also serves as a resource for faculty and staff by offering training and guidance related to accessible course materials and on-line course design.

The Accessible Technology Labs (AT Lab) are adaptive computer labs geared toward providing equal access to electronic information for students, faculty, and staff with documented disabilities. To explore options and solutions for your specific needs, or to receive training on AT Lab resources, please schedule an appointment with the Office of Disability Services by calling (540) 568-6705. Locations:

  • Student Success Center Accessible Technology Lab - Office of Disability Services, Suite 1202
  • Rose Library Accessible Technology Lab Room 1204
  • Carrier Library Accessible Technology Lab Room 119

JMU webpage accessibility standards tutorial introduces the basic principles of creating an accessible website and useful tips.

Writing Good Alt-Text tutorial

CAMMO Training: Creating Accessible Material in Microsoft Office (CAMMO) training is offered through IT Training during Disability Awareness Week in March, register in MyMadison.

Quick Reference Tools

NCDAE one page cheat sheets to assist in creating accessible content with Microsoft Office products (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), Adobe products, captioning YouTube videos, and other accessibility topics.

Keyboard Shortcuts for JAWS (WebAIM)

Keyboard Shortcuts for NVDA (WebAIM)

External Resources

Equity and Excellence in Higher Education website has been designed for faculty, by faculty, to help you learn about universal course design.

WebAIM empowers organizations to make their web content accessible to people with disabilities.  This link provides a valuable list of recommended resources including the Web Accessibility Evaluate Tool (WAVE) and the Color Contrast Checker. WAVE will instantly assess the accessility of a webpage and give feedback.

Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired The Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) is committed to providing quality services to assist Virginia's citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence. The department provides an array of specialized services to blind Virginians of all ages to assist them in attaining the skills, confidence and positive outlook that are critical to independence.

The National Center on Disability and Access to Education has created many resources intended to increase awareness of universal access and the need to develop accessible electronically-mediated education.

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