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A11y and Accessibility

University Technology Office - ASU - Back to School Workshops

Learn about the tools to make course content accessible to all users and comply with Student Accessibility (SAILS) recommendations.

  • Ally -- Ally works supplementary with Canvas to gauge additional accessibility conditions of course content. Additionally, it provides guidance and tips for lasting improvements to a content to comply with accessibility standards.
  • Canvas's Accessibility Tool -- The Canvas Rich Content Editor includes an accessibility tool that checks common accessibility errors within the editor.

Topics in this session will include:

  • Using Canvas's Accessibility tool
  • A walkthrough of the Ally program
  • How to understand and adjust content to accessibility recommendation standards
  • Offering alternative file formats for users to download
  • Best practice and benefits of accessibility standardizing

Target Audience

ASU Educators and Designers with experience and access to an ASU Canvas course and previous experience using Canvas is recommended to quickly navigate multiple features being covered. No prior knowledge or experience in accessibility or using the Ally tool is necessary, but having document files or course content in a Canvas course is recommended to participate during the workshop.

Important Details


  • This 30-minute workshop is reserved for ASU faculty, staff and TAs.
  • This orientation will be held online and will not be recorded.
  • Participants will attend remotely via Zoom (a link to Zoom room will be emailed in the registration confirmation and the morning of the training).
  • An ASU Zoom account will be required to join this session.
  • Please register using your ASU email.
  • Time is based on Arizona time.
  • For questions, please email:

Recommended for: Instructors,