POUR Accessibility

POUR is an acronym based on the principle that accessibility should be a priority when designing or purchasing material. Material should be Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust. While no two accessibility barriers are the same, POUR is an approach that takes all learners into account.

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Perceivable

Perceivability means that the user can identify content using their available or preferred senses.

O

Operable

Operability means that a user can successfully use controls, buttons, navigation, and other necessary interactive elements.

U

Understandable

Understandable technology is consistent in its presentation and format, predictable in its design and usage patterns, concise, multimodal, and appropriate to the audience in its voice and tone.

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Robust

A robust design is standards - compliant, and designed to function on all appropriate technologies. Users should be able to choose the technology they use to interact with websites, online documents, multimedia, and other information formats.

Computer Screens

"Put people at the center of the process."

WebAim

Notebooks

These steps will push us "closer to a time when buying accessible requires nothing more than just buying."

AEM.cast.org

School Supplies

"Concrete examples of how to create accessible learning environments for all students." (Video)

Accessible Campus

Remote Education

"We present a broad spectrum of options endorsed by public health officials, explain strategies that some districts will adopt, and provide estimated costs."

EdWeek.org

Group of Colored Pencils

"Practical tips for creating Accessible Educational Materials that follow the POUR principles of accessibility."

AEM.cast.org