Here are a few ways instructors can assess if the Web 2.0 sites you choose to use are accessible.
Because of the different functionalities of Web 2.0, there isn’t one quick answer to whether a web tool is accessible or not. It depends on the task and the disability in question. For this reason, there are only a few web checkers that address all the issues of 2.0 interactivity. The best advice is to look for the specific accessibility statements each tool may provide. There are sometimes workaround explanations for different things in the site’s own documentation. A good practice is to provide multiple types of activities and assessments for students to choose from to address all learning styles and abilities.
The Web2Access website has done a lot of the leg work of ranking Web 2.0 tools. This site aims to help those making decisions about their use of freely available 'Web 2.0' interactive and collaborative e-learning tools. Under Disabilities and Tests you will find rankings of each resource based on its accessibility for people with different kinds of disabilities. One tool might work well for people who are blind, but not so well for people with mobility impairments, etc. For each tool, you will have to weigh any accessibility issues against its usability as a whole, whether or not there are alternate tools that could perform the same function better, and how much of an impact its inaccessibility will have on potential users. Professors should consider these concerns along with the learning outcomes they’re hoping to achieve.
The W3C Markup Validation Service also has information and links to other validator tools for checking specific aspects of the HTML code of a website. W3C is the gold standard for standards.
If you have questions regarding the accessibility of any instructional methods or tools that you choose to use, you should contact your institutional Accessibility Resource office on your campus. They can most likely point you in the right direction.
This TOEP accessibility statement has been developed through guidance provided by the UB Office of Accessibility Resources. You may wish to check with your university's office of disability services for more information.
Efforts have been made to ensure that the TOEP website is accessible. If you experience any accessibility challenges, please notify us, so that we may make needed changes.