Born Accessible: Ensuring You’re Adopting Accessible Course Materials

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Presented at 8:00am in Cotton Creek II on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.



  • Erin Lucas, Head of Digital Accessibility, RedShelf

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


How can you ensure your campus is adopting the most accessible digital course materials? And if accessible materials are not available, how does RedShelf help support DSOs with accommodations and faculty created materials?


It's more important now than ever to ensure that a student's digital course materials experience is accessible. In simple terms, it’s a combination of two things: digital content in an accessible format and accessible delivery of that content. So, what roles do campus personnel play in making that determination? If you're a bookstore manager, accessibility office, professor or publisher rep, how can you ensure the adoption of the most accessible course materials? During this session we'll dive into these questions and outline how RedShelf is setting a new standard for end-to-end campus accessibility support.


  1. Be able to identify the different types of course material files and how they impact accessibility
  2. Become empowered to influence the adoption of accessible course materials on campus
  3. Where do you turn when you still need accommodation support?

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Administrative/Campus Policy, Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, EPUB Track, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Erin Lucas

My role as Head of Digital Accessibility at Red Shelf is to ensure our digital products exceed expectations for our ALL customers and partners. As a key component of our product team, my team supports the implementation of an accessibility-first Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), as well as accessibility testing procedures, policies, and remediation plans. We are also the liaison for campus accessibility offices when they need support for their students.

Prior to coming to Red Shelf, I spent 20+ years in the Federal Government IT sector (15 of those years at the Department of Defense), coordinating Section 508 compliance and ensuring design consistency and usability for contractor-developed government software and websites. I’m also a certified DHS Trusted Tester, a program which enforces a code-inspection based test approach for determining software and website conformance to Section 508 standards.