University of Maryland Accessibility Checklist

To download a copy of the accessibility checklist, click the UMD-AccessibilityChecklist.pdf link in the Attachments section below.

Web-based course content accessibility checklist

This checklist will enable you to evaluate your web-based course content. The Learning Technology Design team is available to assist you in your efforts to resolve issues identified through the checklist. Please contact for assistance.

Content Yes No Comments
Summary course information
Syllabus includes statement regarding support for students with disabilities (UMD Disability Support Service information at

Syllabus is also provided in simple Microsoft Word format for increased accessibility.

Textbook information has been posted online for students to see at least 6 weeks before start of the semester.

Textbook ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is included in the syllabus.

Textbooks are available at the library reserves desk.

Elms course space (canvas)
Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool has been run to check course for accessibility, and issues resolved.

   Design tool accessibility checker
Canvas Design Tool used to verify accessibility of Headings, Images, and Descriptive Links. Specific directions for using the ELMS-Canvas Design Tools for Instructors.

Text created with Rich Text Editor is formatted using dropdown Paragraph menu. Specific directions on using Rich Text Editor drop-down menu.

Use of color is limited, and color combinations provide sufficient contrast.

Abbreviations and acronyms are spelled out.

Hypertext links provide a clear description of the destination.

“Alt text” or long descriptions are provided for all images.

For more complex images, longer description is included in the surrounding text on the page.

   Video and audio
Captions or transcripts are provided for every video.

Transcripts are provided for podcasts and audio clips.

There is adequate contrast between text and background.

Color is not used as means of conveying information/ differentiation of information.

Row and column headers are identified.

   Downloadable documents
Sans serif fonts used in all downloadable documents (Arial, Calibri, etc.)

   Microsoft Word/ Google Docs
Documents are created using preset Styles rather than fonts for screen reader assistive technology access. Specific directions on using Microsoft Word preset styles.

PDF documents include tags for screen reader assistive technology access. Specific instructions on PDF tags.

   PowerPoint/ Google Slides
Slides have unique titles for screen reader assistive technology access, checked by using the Outline View. Specific directions on PowerPoint titles.

Slides have simple layouts.

Slides do not use transitions or timed functions.