Jan 30, 2020

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides - Making Them Accessible with Grackle!

Grackle is a Google Suites add-on that works with Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets. 

We often have items in the G-Suite but either don't think about the accessibility or check the accessibility of Google Docs using Microsoft Word; an inefficient, multi-step workflow.

Google Docs has 22 checks against established WCAG 2.0 standards, Sheets has13 checks, and Slides has 7 checks.

It’s the law. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a piece of federal civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else. There are two sections of the ADA, section 504 and section 508. Section 504 - making accommodations for students with disabilities, such as giving students extra time on an exam, and providing a ramp for wheelchair access. Section 508 - all course materials must be accessible for all students.

The ID team’s focus is Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 using the WCAG 2.1 Principles as our benchmark.  

In this tutorial, you will see how to access the Grackle Add-on and use it checking the accessibility of a Google Doc.

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