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Accessibility Tip – Student and Faculty Training

In 2021-22, the Universal Design Center (UDC) conducted a pilot with select departments to train their student employees in making documents accessible. The pilot was a success, so for 2022-23 we are pleased to offer this program to all CSUN departments. 

The Universal Design Center (UDC) will train your department’s student employees to help make documents and other course materials accessible. This new session starts in February 10th, and there are only 34 seats left. Sign your department’s student employees up today!

Goals for this program include:

  • Increase the availability of accessible documents at CSUN. 
  • Provide a cost-effective, scalable option for departments to get assistance with inaccessible document files. 
  • Introduce student employees to accessibility as an aspect of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Train student employees in the skills of both evaluating and remediating multiple file formats.  

Upon completion, student employees will be able to create, evaluate and, if needed, fix Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents.

The Spring training will be held mid-February to early March 2023 and takes 20 hours (maximum) to complete. An important component will be WebAIM’s Accessible Document Training, offered courtesy of Information Technology. This on-demand (asynchronous) component of the training should take less than 12 hours. In parallel, the cohort will meet — in person — with the UDC team for five Friday afternoons, for a total of 7.5 hours.

Also, the Universal Design Center’s Spring 2023 Accessibility Training schedule is now available! Our training events are open to all faculty, staff, and student employees. To register, visit the Training and Events Calendar.

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