Accessibility in FCPS

FCPS staff collaborate to provide accessibility resources, professional development, and guidance across the division. Keep C.A.L.M and Choose Accessible Learning Materials is a way to support the FCPS commitment to Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

FCPS is committed to providing an excellent education that meets the needs of all students, keeping equity at the center of all we do to ensure their academic and social emotional success. Part of that commitment means delivering accessible resources to everyone, including individuals with disabilities. FCPS staff collaborate to provide accessibility resources, professional development, and guidance across the division.

Dom, an Assistive Technology (AT) Ambassador, discusses the importance of accessible materials.

What Does Accessibility Mean?

What is Accessibility?
Accessibility is shaped by what we need to do, our interactions with the environment, and our personal preferences. 

Diversity of Abilities and Barriers
This page explores the wide diversity of people and abilities. It highlights some web accessibility barriers that people commonly experience because of inaccessible websites and web tools.

How People With Disabilities Use the Web
Stories of people with disabilities using the Web to highlight the effect of accessibility barriers and the broader benefits of accessible websites and web tools.

Elle, an AT ambassador, discusses classroom accessibility.

Video: How Some People with Disabilities Use Technology
from ADA National Network
Meet some students and parents with disabilities and learn how they interact with and use technology.

FCPS Keep C.A.L.M. and Choose Accessible Learning Materials

Choosing accessible learning materials (C.A.L.M.) is a way to support the FCPS commitment to Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Throughout the school year, simple insights, tips, and tricks will be shared to help FCPS Keep C.A.L.M. and include all students, staff, and families in the teaching and learning process. 

For additional information on FCPS Keep C.A.L.M and to see how FCPS teachers and staff are providing universal access through accessible text, follow us on X (formerly known as Twitter) @accessible_fcps.

Accessibility Resources

Create Accessible Documents and Presentations

Accessibility Checkers

Accessibility Checkers can be used with documents and presentations to identify possible issues for people who have disabilities.

Readability: Need to adjust the reading level of your content?


Captions support people who are deaf and hard of hearing, English language learners, viewers in a loud room, and many others. They can be used on videos, live presentations, and video calls. For resources on using captions, visit the Captioning Resources section of our Technology Tools to Support All Learners page.

Magnifiers and Screen Readers

Magnifiers allow you to change your screen resolution, zoom in, or magnify your whole screen. Both the Microsoft Windows Magnifier and the Google Chromebook Magnifier make things on the screen easier to see.

Screen Readers are assistive technology tools, primarily used by people with vision impairments, that convert text, buttons, images and other screen elements into speech or braille. 

Translation Tools 

FCPS uses tools that translate information using "machine translation," which may not fully convert text into its intended meaning. FCPS cannot guarantee the accuracy of the converted text nor are we liable for any resulting issues. 

Accessibility Features in FCPS Tools

Learn about the accessibility features of technology tools that are commonly used within FCPS.

Inclusive Technology for Accessible Classrooms

  • Technology Tools to Support All Learners
    Information on inclusive and assistive technology tools that can facilitate learning in FCPSOn, Strategies for Success and other classrooms for diverse students.
  • CAST: Accessibility and Inclusive Technology
    CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that created the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and UDL Guidelines. The framework and guidelines are used globally to make learning more inclusive.
  • National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)
    Based at CAST, the AEM Center is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. They work with states and districts to build capacity for developing and sustaining robust systems for providing accessible materials and technologies for all learners who need them.

Web Accessibility Resources

Below are resources to ensure that FCPS web pages are accessible.