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Faculty & Staff Training
This webpage will provide you with training in different aspects related to performing your duties at GOCC. Right now, we are only offering our Digital ADA Training via this page, but we expect further online training opportunities to be developed and provided here in the future. Keep checking back for new and updated content.
Digital ADA Compliance
One of the most important factors that we can take into consideration when providing digital information to our students and community is accessibility. Accessibility refers to the ability for any person, regardless of disability or impairment, to be able to access the information provided in such a way as to not be a hindrance. Individuals with disabilities or impairments should be provided the same level of ease and access to information as individuals without disabilities or impairments.
This is no longer a recommendation but a requirement at the federal government level. Due to this requirement, Glen Oaks Community College has chosen to provide online training for its employees regarding the sharing of digital information in a manner that is compliant with current government standards.
All of the training videos provided here deal with different aspects of ADA compliance. Since there are multiple ways that information can be provided digitally, we have broken the videos down by topic.
While you are not required to watch the videos under the Additional Information tab, the content has been provided in case you would like a deeper understanding of the topic.
This video will provide you with a brief introduction to show you how to make content in Word accessible.
Additional links to training videos about making Word documents accessible can be found below:
- Save as a Word Document (.docx) with a Descriptive Filename
- Discover how a descriptive file name that identifies the document or its purpose helps everyone, including people with disabilities, locate, open, and switch between documents. – 02:58
- Use Styles to Create Headings
- Learn how to add headings and formatting to a document so assistive technology can infer meaning from the document structure and formatted characters using built-in styles. – 03:04
- Use Built-in Features to Create Lists
- Discover how to use lists to organize and structure content so assistive technology can identify that information is contained in a group, and convey the relationship between each item within the list. – 03:58
- Use Built-in Features to Organize Content
- When laying out a document, it’s sometimes necessary to structure content into columns. Learn how to use the built-in columns tool to ensure that content is read in the proper reading order. – 04:18
- Use Built-in Features to Create Layout and Data Tables
- Learn how to use built-in features to create layout tables and both simple and complex data tables so assistive technology can read the information in a meaningful manner. – 15:30
- Identify Distinct Languages
- Discover how to use the proofing language settings to programmatically set the document language and enable assistive technology to read and correctly pronounce content. – 02:41
- Create Unambiguous Names for Links
- Learn how to add links to a document so that each link has a unique and descriptive name to allow assistive technology users to determine the destination, function or purpose of a link. – 03:32
- Duplicate Vital Information in Headers, Footers and Watermarks
- Learn how to ensure that vital information, created as a watermark or placed in the header of footer of the slide, can be accessed by assistive technology. – 02:18
- Create Accessible Images and Other Objects
- Assistive technology cannot infer meaning from images and other objects, such as pictures, images of text, images of tables, shapes, and icons with hyperlinks. Discover how to apply “alt text” to objects to ensure equivalent access to the visual information. – 06:03
- Create Accessible Textboxes
- Assistive technology cannot access information in text boxes unless they are placed “in line with text.” Learn how to ensure information within a text box is accessible. – 02:00
- Use Color and Other Sensory Characteristics Plus Text to Convey Meaning
- Discover how color and other visual or sensory characteristics, such as size, shape, and location are used to convey meaning when creating your document. – 02:40
- Create the Required Color Contrast
- When choosing the color palette for your document, ensure there is enough color contrast between the foreground and background. Discover how to download and use a tool to ensure your text meets or exceeds minimum allowable color contrast. – 04:36
- Create Accessible Embedded Files
- Learn how to embed audio-only, video-only or multimedia files into your document so individuals with disabilities have comparable access to the information. – 02:10
*Note: If you have been provided Digital ADA Compliance Training via another facility during the year, you will not be required to review our training information, but you must still submit a self-verification form.
GOCC Digital Accessibility Policy
Glen Oaks’ Digital Accessibility Policy can be found in the current catalog. Please review this policy for a more definitive understanding of ADA compliance at GOCC and the procedures in relation to this policy’s non-adherence.