It is the right of all students, especially those with different abilities, needs, and disabilities, to have equal learning opportunities. Educational institutions should provide resources and information that can be accessed by a large spectrum of students and learners. As such, it is extremely important that digital educational resources are designed and delivered in compliance with accessibility standards to reach all students in a way that will support equity for the benefit of all students without exception, including those with disabilities. Additionally, digital tools, services, platforms, contents, and education technologies must, in turn, be accessible, and properly and universally designed to scaffold and enable each and every learner to learn effectively considering her/his abilities, disabilities, and individual learning preferences.
This working group focuses on required criteria for digital education content to be accessible in a way that all students, including those with disabilities are provided with equal access to learning experiences. The purpose of such criteria is to help teaching staff, instructional designers, content developers, and broadly all education institutions to ensure that digital education resources are sufficiently accessible and of quality. The proposed criteria are intended as guidelines for the development of quality accessible digital education content and coined as such, DECAG: Digital Education Content Accessibility Guidelines.