Digital Accessibility at USD


What is Digital Accessibility


  • Digital Accessibility


USD is committed to providing an inclusive, accessible environment for everyone. That commitment includes ensuring accessible online content and resources. Digital Accessibility + Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a design approach to making digital content more accessible to people of all abilities with an emphasis on providing equal access to content for individuals with disabilities.  USD policy on digital accessibility

The Digital Accessibility Committee at USD is tasked to improve, foster, and promote an inclusive online environment for everyone through a comprehensive review and planning process aimed at providing equal access in all digital content across the institution

Please review the Digital Accessibility Resource Guide


  • D2L Digital Accessibility Course (self paced and available to faculty and staff-email for access)
  • PDF Extreme Makeover Event (three-week event offered once each semester)
  • Individual CTL Workshops (offered virtually and in-person)
    • Digital Accessibility Fundamentals
    • Document Remediation Basics
    • BB Ally for D2L
    • Adobe Acrobat Pro
    • Other training opportunities may be available
    • Email to arrange a training session for your department
  • Please email to be added to our weekly newsletter list and/or our Digital Accessibility newsletter.  All CTL events can be found on the USD calendar as well


  • Software and Technology Available for Accessibility
    • Available for all Faculty and Staff (see Guidelines for Accessible Documents for use)
      • Microsoft Office (for documents, presentations, spreadsheets, etc.)
      • Grackle Docs (for Google docs and slides)
      • Zoom (auto-captions for videos; some clean-up required)
      • Panopto (auto-captions for videos; some clean-up required)
      • Verbit AI (third-party captioning in English and Spanish)
    • Available OCR Scanning Copiers on Campus
      • Continuing Education; 102 (Center for Teaching and Learning)
      • Noteboom; 102
      • ID Weeks Library; 1st Floor
      • College of Fine Arts; 183A
      • East Hall; 302
      • Delzell; 104
      • Akeley-Lawrence; 201
    • Available Computers with Adobe Acrobat Pro on Campus
      • Center for Teaching and Learning (UCE 101)
      • ID Weeks Library (First Floor)

Faculty Mentors

  • Faculty have numerous documents and document types for each course they teach and may have discipline specific questions
  • Faculty mentors are appointed by departments to assist course instructors with resources and guidance to remediate their documents and create accessible content
  • Digital Accessibility Faculty Mentors support faculty through resource sharing and serving as the “go-to” person within the college or school for all digital accessibility questions including Blackboard Ally
    • College of Arts and Sciences:
      • Joel Sander
      • Rodrigue Rizk
      • Elizabeth Hanson
      • Teresa ChasingHawk
    • School of Education:
      • Dan Mourlam
      • Hyung Suk Yang
    • Beacom School of Business:
      • Sebastian Wai 
      • Chad Birger
    • University Libraries:
      • Danielle Loftus
    • College of Fine Arts:
      • David Sanderson
      • Paul Lombardi
    • School of Health Sciences:
      • Katie Pudwill
      • Mackenzie Feldhacker
    • Knutson School of Law:
      • Eric Young
      • Courtney Segota
    • Sanford School of Medicine:
      • Taylor Friemel
    • USD Sioux Falls:
      • Chad Birger
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