What Accessibility Means for Educational Content

What Accessibility Means for Educational Content

Accessible Learning for All

At Wiley, our mission has always been to empower our customers to achieve success in both their educational and professional careers. That notion of customer empowerment is based on the guiding principle that learning must be accessible for all. Accessible products ensure that all learners and educators have equal access to information, learning tools, and functionality regardless of ability or situation. Wiley is committed to ensuring accessibility in our digital products and is actively investing in New WileyPLUS to make it accessible for all.

What Accessibility Means for New WileyPLUS

Key aspects of New WileyPLUS — eBook, resources, questions, and platform features — are designed to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA in many ways.

New WileyPLUS Platform

New WileyPLUS gives instructors the flexibility to tailor curated content and easily manage courses in order to engage and motivate students. We integrate accessibility best practices into all areas of product development and continuously audit and remediate our products to ensure usability. We provide ongoing accessibility training to our product, UX, content, and technology teams to ensure that they are up-to-date with the most current accessibility best practices. Our platform also leverages a strategic partnership with Canvas and makes use of its many accessibility features such as font resizing, keyboard navigation, and the Rich Content Editor’s accessibility checker.

The New WileyPLUS VPAT and a detailed remediation roadmap can be supplied upon request via your Wiley team.

New WileyPLUS Content

A number of high-value resources are guaranteed to be accessible across all courses. We follow the born accessible principle for all new materials, and are currently updating our legacy content to ensure that it conforms to WCAG 2.1 AA guidelines.


Powered by VitalSource, our ePUB-based eBooks contain well-structured HTML and page mapping. Additional accessibility features include controllable display properties, equivalent print page numbers, and structural navigation (among others). All images employ the use of alternative text (alt text) to help provide contextual meaning for learners who are blind or have low vision. The full list of available accessibility features can be found in our ePUB accessibility metadata, and are also available on the individual product pages found on vitalsource.com. VitalSource VPATs are also available through their website.

Student and Instructional Resources

Homework and Assessment Questions: Homework and assessment questions, as well as those found in our pre-built question pools, include the addition of alt text, color contrast, and ARIA labels for form fields and tables. When creating assignments, instructors have the ability to filter/view questions where additional accessibility work has been applied. Icons denote this specification.

Video: Wiley provides both closed-captioning and transcripts for our videos. Videos are also available in an accessible media player.

Lecture PowerPoints: Available in screen-reader compatible templates, Lecture PowerPoints have been designed according to accessibility policies for font, color contrast, reading order, tables, equations, links, and image alt text.

Animations/Simulations: Many of the HTML-based multi-media objects found within New WileyPLUS courses are keyboard navigable and conform to color contrast and alt text best practices.

Wiley’s Commitment to Equality

Wiley is a founding member of the AccessText Network and a member of the Association of American Publisher’s Critical Issues Task Force. Each initiative aims to streamline the delivery of accessible content to disabled learners. Wiley also continues to invest in the future of accessible content through ongoing research and development.

By keeping pace with accessibility requirements, Wiley can continue to provide high-quality content for every type of learner.

Learn more about our commitment to serving the needs of every student.

We Want to Hear from You

Wiley has a team of accessibility experts who are here to help you.

Customer requests for alternative eBook materials should be made through our partnerships with AccessText Network (ATN), BookShare, and the Alternative Education Resources Ontario (Aero). However, should you have an additional request, it can be submitted by supplying an e-File request form to permissions@wiley.com.

All other support and accommodation questions should be directed to accessibility@wiley.com.

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