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AUDITs

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AUDIT = Accessibility and Universal Design Information Tool

AUDIT’s are measurement tools created and developed by the ACCESS-ed Project.  They provide a method to document quantifiable summaries of accessibility and usability features of teaching methods, campus forms and documents, and the built environment. Each AUDIT has 2 files.  The AUDIT itself is an Excel workbook file. Instructions and additional detail for scoring specific AUDIT items are provided in a PDF document. All AUDITs are developed by a team of accessibility and universal design specialists.

All AUDITs have been tested for compatibility with Excel 2004 in Mac OS X and Excel 2003 in Windows XP and Windows Vista.  

Note: If you are a PC user, in order to use the AUDITs, Macro Security must be set to Medium (recommended) or Low (not recommended). The AUDITs will run on a Mac system without needing this adjustment.

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In-line EqTD AUDIT

This is the AUDIT to use to evaluate the accessibility of in-line text characters that need to be treated as graphic elements for accessibility e.g. subscript, ampersand, foreign letters.

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In-line EqTD AUDIT  (Excel Document)

In-line EqTD AUDIT Manual (Version 1.3)  (PDF File)

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Test AUDIT

This audit is used for evaluating the accessibility of a test. It contains three parts and each part evaluates accessibility, usability, and score.

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Test and Test Items AUDIT  (Excel Document)

Test and Test Items AUDIT Manual  (PDF File)

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Accessible Route AUDIT

People with disabilities frequently encounter obstacles when they attempt to get from point A to point B. Do you have a particular walkway or route on campus that you know has caused a problem for someone with a disability? Feel free to try out this AUDIT to see how universally desgned the route is. What is the impact of special events parking on an accessible route? This AUDIT has guidelines when detours are necessary.

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Accessible Route AUDIT  (Excel Document)

Accessible Route AUDIT Manual  (PDF File)

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Classroom AUDIT

These tools measure the accessibility of your classroom, including the volume of instructional technology applied in the classroom. The "Minimum Font" slides provide recommendations for appropriate font size when presenting items with text. Other examples of classroom accessibility can be found.

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Classroom AUDIT  (Excel Document)

Classroom AUDIT Manual  (PDF File)

How to Determine Font Size for Accessible Media  (PowerPoint Presentation)

Volume Distortion Test - mp3  (MP3 File)

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Clicker AUDIT

This audit is used for evaluating the accessibility of a clicker or a student response system remote. It contains three parts: accessibility, usability, and score sheet.

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Clicker AUDIT  (Excel Document)

Clicker AUDIT Manual  (PDF File)

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Creating an Accessible Logo

This posterette provides guidelines to make universally designed logos.

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Creating an Accessible Logo Posterette  (PDF File)

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Doorway AUDIT

How universally designed is that doorway? What are the correct measurements for an accessible doorway?

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Doorway AUDIT  (Excel Document)

Doorway AUDIT Manual  (PDF File)

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Electronic Information Kiosk AUDIT

Use this AUDIT to determine how universally designed a kiosk is. This three part audit assesses accessibility, usability, and score.

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Electronic Information Kiosk AUDIT  (Excel Document)

Electronic Information Kiosk Manual  (PDF File)

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Elevator AUDIT

Elevators are comprised of multiple features that must be considered for full accessibility. Use this AUDIT to determine how successful your elevators are at providing access and usability for all students, staff and faculty.

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Elevator AUDIT  (Excel Document)

Elevator AUDIT Version 1-2 Manual  (PDF File)

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EqTD AUDIT

Use this AUDIT to evaluate the accessibility and usability of non-text graphics in a variety of media.

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EqTD AUDIT  (Excel Document)

EqTD Manual  (PDF File)

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On-line Course AUDIT

This AUDIT measures an online course to determine accessibility, Three sections include the accessibility, usability, and the scoring sheet.

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On-line Course AUDIT  (Excel Document)

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P3 AUDIT

"P3" is the acronym for "The Presenter Presenting the Presentation".

How well are you incorporating Universal Design principles in your presentations? This AUDIT will give you a quantitative assessment.

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P3 AUDIT  (Excel Document)

P3 AUDIT Manual  (PDF File)

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Signage AUDIT

This AUDIT measures the accessibility of signage, including placement, font size, contrast and more. The AUDIT has three sections, including accessibility, usability, and a scoring sheet.

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Signage AUDIT  (Excel Document)

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Slide Show AUDIT

Use this accessibility measurement tool to create a slide show that is accessible to everyone. Font size is one important factor in slide accessibility.

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Slide Show AUDIT  (Excel Document)

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Syllabus AUDIT Draft

This AUDIT is mounted as a "draft" at this time because the manual is not yet available. Feel free to try it out to see how universally designed your syllabus is.

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Syllabus AUDIT Draft  (Excel Document)

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A Comparison of Learning Management System Accessibility

"If not designed with accessibility in mind, Learning Management Systems (LMS) can pose accessibility problems for students and instructors with disabilities." The four authors of this paper, all accessibility experts in higher education settings, have been engaged in improving accessibility of various LMS over several years. This paper was presented at the 2011 Educause Conference. Categories that were tested include Login/Configuration/Compatibility Testing, Personalization/Customization, Navigation, Common Modules/Tools, Forms, Authoring Tools/Content Creation, Help/Documentation, and Unique Features that Affect Accessibility.

H. Rangin, M. Thompson, B. Richwine, K. Petri (Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN) Listserve)

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The Americans With Disabilities Act - Compliance Assessment Tookit (ADA-CAT) website

The tools on this site, in conjunction with recommended measurement techniques and instruments (e.g. AUDITs), will allow a person without specialized training in architecture, assistive technology, or construction to quickly assess deficits in accessibility and usability of features of the physical world.

Assistive Technology Research Institute

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One of the myths of web accessibility is that accessibility is only about blind and disabled users. Accessibility is actually about everyone being able to access your website, both disabled and non-disabled, regardless of the browsing technology they're using.

Webcredible Website