(Dataset) Designing an Accessibility Rubric

Published: 18 April 2023| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/phdfc4gp82.1
, Patricia Acosta-Vargas


Designing an accessibility rubric involves creating a set of criteria that can be used to evaluate the accessibility of digital content or other materials. This rubric is typically used to ensure that the content is accessible to people with disabilities, including those who are blind or have low vision, deaf or hard of hearing, have mobility impairments, or have cognitive or learning disabilities.


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The design of an accessibility rubric typically involves several key steps: Defining the purpose: The first step in designing an accessibility rubric is to define its purpose. This might include ensuring that the content is compliant with relevant accessibility standards, such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), or ensuring that it is accessible to a specific group of users. Identifying criteria: Once the purpose is defined, the next step is to identify the criteria that will be used to evaluate accessibility. This might include things like providing alternative text for images, ensuring that videos have closed captions, or ensuring that the color contrast is sufficient for users with low vision. Organizing criteria: After identifying the criteria, they need to be organized into a logical and meaningful order. This might involve grouping them by type of disability or by the level of importance. Establishing scoring: An accessibility rubric typically involves a scoring system that allows evaluators to assign a numerical value to each criterion based on the degree to which it is met. This scoring system may be based on a simple pass/fail system, or it may involve a more complex grading system that takes into account the level of effort required to meet each criterion. Testing and refinement: Once the rubric has been designed, it should be tested and refined to ensure that it is effective and easy to use. This might involve testing it on a range of digital content, soliciting feedback from users with disabilities, or refining the criteria to make them more specific or relevant. Overall, the design of an accessibility rubric is a complex process that requires careful consideration of a range of factors, including the purpose of the rubric, the criteria used to evaluate accessibility, and the scoring system used to assess compliance. By following these steps, however, it is possible to create a robust and effective rubric that can help ensure that digital content is accessible to all users, regardless of their abilities.


Universidad de Las Americas, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador


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