Accessibility and Section 508 Compliance

Southwestern College strives to create an inclusive college environment for all students, faculty, staff, and community members. A key part of the school's mission to provide an equitable campus is accessibility awareness and compliance. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Southwestern College is committed to providing full access for all users to content provided on the SWC website, as well as within the physical and online classroom and public spaces.

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Accessibility Resources for Students

Please visit Southwestern College's Disability Support Services (DSS) web page to learn about the various academic accommodation options available for registered DSS students at SWC, as well as support resources and organizations.

Accessibility Resources for Faculty

Providing accessible content to students is not only a best practice of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), it's also a legal mandate. All course content (files, video, Canvas content, apps and publisher content, as well as paper copies handed out in a class) needs to be accessible, whether a course is face-to-face, hybrid, or fully online. The onus of accessibility is on the faculty member disseminating the content.

Southwestern College offers a variety of resources to assist faculty in learning about sound course design principles, in making their course materials accessible, and utilizing the Canvas learning management system to provide academic accommodations.

Ensuring Accessibility

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Accessibility Training

Southwestern College conducts ongoing accessibility training for all faculty and staff on topics such as:

Please see the current Camp Canvas training schedule for workshop options.

Creating Accessible Content
(Self-Paced Tutorials)

Learn the A to Z of accessibility in the classroom with the Creating Accessible Content self-paced tutorials. Explore web and file accessibility as well as videos and captioning. Flex or Hurdle credit is available!

Access the training from the Help icon on the Global Navigation Menu in SWC's Canvas instance.

Canvas Help Icon & CAC Training Link

Providing Accommodation in Canvas

Using Canvas to set up extra time, extra attempts, and additional calendar days only takes a few clicks. Learn how to adjust Canvas Discussions, Assignments, and Quizzes to assist students who qualify for accommodation.

DSS Resources for Faculty

The Disability Support Services office has compiled helpful resources to help explain the DSS process at SWC, as well as Universal Design for Learning (UDL), video captioning information, and instructional approaches that work well for all learning types.

App Collection in Canvas Third-party apps that can be added to Canvas are required to pass an accessibility review before installation in SWC's app collection. Please submit suggested Canvas Apps for review through the App Collection in Canvas

 Southwestern College Accessibility Policies

  • BP=Board Policy
  • AP=Administrative Procedure

Report a Problem or Send Feedback

We encourage you to contact the college with questions about accessibility-related concerns. We welcome your feedback and appreciate your assistance in making Southwestern College as inclusive as possible.

Online Content

Southwestern College is committed to making reasonable efforts to make its web pages accessible to persons with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws and actively monitors district web pages in order to ensure that content conforms to Section 508 accessibility requirements.

If you experience any difficulty in accessing content on the SWC website or need the information in an accessible alternate format, please contact the Office of Communications, Community and Government Relations at with the following information:

  1. The page or site you are trying to access (full URL please)
  2. The difficulty you encountered
  3. Possible solutions or workarounds that might assist you

Physical Campus

Facilities, Operations & Planning helps to maintain the school district's buildings, walkways, and overall campus infrastructure. Please notify Facilities at (619) 421-6700 x6573 of any physical location within the district that might benefit from an accessibility review.


Get In Touch


Accessibility Reviews for Faculty

Contact the Technology Specialist for Accessibility & Compliance 482-6595