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CAT encourages all faculty, not just those with students needing accommodations, to design their courses and content to be accessible. Use Universal Design for Learning principles to design content in an accessible way for all learners. To take a first step to learn more about accessibility, complete the Keeping Accessibility Front of Mind training module.

The Law

According to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, any electronic information or technology developed, purchased, maintained, or used by Butler University must provide equitable access and use for individuals with disabilities. The access and use must be comparable to that provided to individuals without disabilities. 

Universal Design

Universal Design, or Inclusive Design, is the design and creation of environments both physical and digital that can be accessed, understood, and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, physical stature, preferences, disability, or ability. It should be a fundamental goal to design environments that meet the needs of all people. Incorporating the needs of all people results in spaces, products, and service that are useful, beneficial and enjoyable for all. Developing your electronic materials using Universal Design principles is easy and simply, good design. To learn how to implement Universal Design in your course, email

Syllabus Requirement

The Butler University accommodation statement must be included on all your course syllabi. You can find the statement on the SDS website at

Resources for Faculty

The Center for Academic Technology has a variety of resources and services to help you create accessible materials. Make a one-on-one consultation appointment, attend one of our accessibility workshops, or explore the resources below.


During the Fall 2020 semester, Butler faculty piloted Ally, an accessibility tool that integrates with Canvas to provide faculty with specific steps to improve accessibility as well as provide alternative formats for documents. Initial pilot feedback was positive, and CAT hopes to roll out this tool on a broader scale in the spring. For help with Ally, visit Ally for LMS Help.


Sourced Content

Third party owned videos (e.g. found on YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) used in your courses should contain high-quality captions. To assist you in this process, CAT and the Library have developed a sequence of steps to help you source and use the best captioned video content for your course. For more information, see Do third-party videos need to be captioned for my class?

Self-Produced Content

When creating your own videos, you can add and edit your own captions. To do so, see:

Live Captioning

If you have a student who is eligible for live captioning services, you will receive notification about this from SDS and access to a tool that creates automatic captions in Zoom.

If you do not have a student with a stated need for accommodation but would still like to explore caption options for live lectures, visit How do I make a live Zoom lecture accessible?

Make Documents Accessible

Faculty, staff, and students can use SensusAccess, a self-service tool, to generate alternate versions of files, websites, and text in four quick steps. To use this tool, visit the Make Documents Accessible page.

To learn about other methods for creating accessible documents, visit the Accessibility LibGuide.