In today's world accessibility features should be built into our eLearning from the start to minimize retrofitting after the fact. What is section 508? Section 508, an amendment to the United States Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a federal law mandating that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities.
Here are some quick tips for making accessible eLearning from the start:
All images should have ALT tags. An "ALT tag" is a common shorthand term used to refer to the ALTattribute within in the IMG tag. Any time you use an image, be sure to include an ALT tag or ALT text within the IMG tag. Doing so will provide a clear text alternative of the image for screen reader users.
Make sure your videos are captioned. Some video websites such as YouTube offer automatic captioning services. If a video cannot be captioned for whatever reason, be sure to provide a transcript that can be read by a screen reader.
Make sure that explanations of links make sense when read out of context. For example, avoid “click here.”
Ensure your eLearning is structured in a logical order that will make sense when read by a screen reader.
For more tips, and information on web and eLearning accessibility please view http://webaim.org/