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Accessibility Toolkit for Course Materials

Purpose of this Guide

This guide was created to assist Fitchburg State Librarians, faculty, and staff create accessible content and accessible Open Educational Resources (OER). On this guide you will find information on:

  • Creating Accessible Content: Tips on how to create accessible Word docs, PDFs, Images, Videos and other multimedia
  • Platforms: What OER platforms are accessible? What are the pros and cons of using each platform?
  • Evaluating your OER site: Determine if your site is accessible and see how to fix issues on your site
  • VPATs: Voluntary Product Accessibility Template: Collection of VPATs from various vendors to see relevant information on how a vendor’s product or service claims to conform to the Section 508 Standards.


This guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. It was adapted from a guide created by  CUNY Accessibility Librarian Amy Wolfe titled, Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER) which is also licensed under a Creative Commons License   Many thanks to Amy Wolfe for developing a comprehensive guide. 

Need assistance? Contact us!

If you have questions about the accessibility of your course materials, please contact any of the following individuals.

Dr. Rachel Graddy, Director of Disability Services,

Julie Maki, Coordinator of the Adaptive Computer Lab,

Nicole Chelonis, Director of Digital Learning,

Meagan Martin, Instructional Designer,