Scholars and practitioners agree that creating online materials that are accessible for those with disabilities will make the user experience better for all users. However, accessibility issues for students with disabilities is wrapped up in a number of layers that make it overwhelming for instructors who have been asked to move their courses online to understand.
While many higher education institutions will provide certain services to students with disabilities, research has shown that many students do not declare their disabilities when they get to college. Thus, accessibility for better or worse falls to instructors.
Understanding accessibility also means that as a professional writer you will be better positioned to help your organization understand and implement an accessibility plan for their online presence.