Accessibility refers to allowing all students equal access to learning material. Making something accessible means the material or product can be used by anyone, including persons with visual, auditory, mobility, and/or cognitive impairments.
Universal Design for Learning includes, but also goes far beyond, accessibility. While accessibility has to do with equal access, UDL as an educational framework seeks to improve and maximize teaching and learning for everyone.
It is the instructor's responsibility to provide fully-accessible materials. All students must have the same access to the course materials and content.
For step-by-step instructions on creating accessible documents, adding closed captions to videos, and other instructional/accessibility resources, please go to our Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) page for more information and helpful links.