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Why Accessibility?

acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services” as people who do not have disabilities
Accessible means a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use. 

U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights 

This guide was created to support the students, faculty, and staff at Umpqua Community College.

It began as part of an OpenOregon OER training on Strategic Digital Accessibility (January 2023 cohort). Following months of training sessions with various other colleges around the state the taskforce here at Umpqua Community College reviewed current offerings, information, regulations, and law. Ultimately, the taskforce decided that creating a guide to inform the college and its constituents about accessibility in all forms was the ideal way to showcase the materials located/created. It is the aim  of this taskforce to assist in the creation of a college-wide Accessibilities Committee to continuously review policy, procedure, and materials put forth, and shared by the College as a whole.

Taskforce members included:

  • Library Director (Chair)
  • Accessibilities Coordinator
  • Tutoring Coordinator
  • eLearning Specialist
  • Universal Designer
  • Student Employee

See the Local Action Plan for Digital Accessibility here:

Accessibility Services
Oregon Relay: 800-735-1232

For questions about the guide and the resources it contains, please contact the guide owner below.

This guide was adapted with permission from the NECC Library Database Accessibility guide at Northern Essex Community College. 

Northern Essex Community College Library. (2023, July 17). NECC Library Database Accessibility. 

Disability does not equal inability. 

Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines these two terms as:

  • Disability: A "physical, mental, cognitive, or developmental condition that impairs, interferes with, or limits a person's ability to engage in certain tasks or actions or participate in typical daily activities and interactions."
  • Inability: A "lack of sufficient power, resources, or capacity."

Do you have mobility issues?

So do/did:

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (US President)
  • Frida Kahlo (Mexican Artist)
  • Rosa May Billinghurst (English Activist)
  • Stephen Hawking (Physicist)

Fact: 11.1% of respondents reported having serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

Do you have cognitive issues?

So do/did:

  • Demi Lovato (Singer-songwriter)
  • Steve Young (NFL Star)
  • Temple Grandin
  • Walt Disney (Film Maker)

Fact: 10.9% of respondents reported having serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.

Do you have hearing issues?

So do/did:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven (German Composer)
  • Marlee Matlin (American Actress)
  • Millie Bobby Brown (British Actress)
  • Thomas Edison (American Inventor)

Fact: 5.7% of respondents reported having deafness or serious difficulty hearing.

Do you have vision issues?

So do/did:

  • Helen Keller (American Author)
  • Johnny Depp (American Actor)
  • Stevie Wonder (Singer-songwriter)
  • Trischa Zorn (Paralympic Swimmer)

Fact: 4.9% of respondents reported having blindness or serious difficulty seeing.

Do you have self-care issues?

So do many other people, as this is not uncommon. Oftentimes this is situational, but is nothing to be ashamed of.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, May). Disability and Health Data System.

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