Inclusion, Diversity, Accessibility, Anti-Racism, and Equity Resources

These OER addressing inclusion, diversity, accessibility, anti-racism, and equity are listed separately in this first version of the guide in order to call attention to them and they can be used in a variety of courses. These suggestions are a very modest attempt at supporting inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism at uOttawa.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education

Jay Timothy Dolmage (University of Waterloo)


Licence: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Academic Ableism brings together disability studies and institutional critique to recognize the ways that disability is composed in and by higher education, and rewrites the spaces, times, and economies of disability in higher education to place disability front and center. For too long, argues Jay Timothy Dolmage, disability has been constructed as the antithesis of higher education, often positioned as a distraction, a drain, a problem to be solved. The ethic of higher education encourages students and teachers alike to accentuate ability, valorize perfection, and stigmatize anything that hints at intellectual, mental, or physical weakness, even as we gesture toward the value of diversity and innovation. Examining everything from campus accommodation processes, to architecture, to popular films about college life, Dolmage argues that disability is central to higher education, and that building more inclusive schools allows better education for all. (Description from publisher, University of Michigan Press)

Formats: Online, PDF, and EPUB

Includes: Supplementary resources


Accessibility and Universal Design

Accessibility Toolkit – 2nd Edition

Amanda Coolidge (BCcampus), Sue Doner (Camosun College), Tara Robertson (CAPER-BC), and Josie Gray (BCcampus)


Licence: CC BY 4.0

The goal of the Accessibility Toolkit – 2nd Edition is to provide resources for each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open textbook—one that is free and accessible for all students.

This second edition has built upon, and improved, the original toolkit—a collaboration between BCcampus, Camosun College, and CAPER-BC—with a new “Accessibility Statements” chapter, bibliography, and list of links by chapter for print users in the back matter, updated information, and corrections to content, style, and layout.

Formats: Pressbooks WebBook, PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and more


Understanding Document Accessibility: A Reference for Creating Accessible Office Documents

Digital Education Strategies, The Chang School of Continuing Education (Ryerson University)


Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0

With much of the world gone digital, learning to create documents that are accessible to everyone is becoming a necessary skill. Intended for a general audience, this free resource reviews a wide range of document authoring applications, including the tools they contain for creating accessible documents and tests them to ensure they do not contain potential barriers. Learn how to create accessible word-processed documents, spreadsheets, presentation slides, and PDF documents, among others, so they are accessible to everyone.

Formats: Pressbooks WebBook, PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and more

Includes: Additional resources


What You Can Do to Remove Barriers on the Web: Making Websites Accessible

Digital Education Strategies, The Chang School of Continuing Education (Ryerson University)


Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0

This book accompanies the Accessibility Maze, a game developed to teach the basics of web accessibility for those new to the topic. Or, for anyone else who wants to see how fun learning about web accessibility can be. You should try the maze before reading this book, to get the full effect of the game.

Formats: Pressbooks WebBook, PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and more


FLOE: Flexible Learning for Open Education

Inclusive Design Research Centre (OCADU)

Licence: CC BY 4.0

FLOE provides the resources to personalize how we each learn and to address barriers to learning. Learners learn differently, and today’s society needs diverse, self-aware, life-long learners. FLOE supports learners, educators and curriculum producers in achieving one-size-fits-one learning design for the full diversity of learners, leveraging the variants made possible by Open Education Resources (OER).

Format: Accessible website

Includes: Resources on “Learning to Learn,” “Multimodal Presentation, Concept Adaptation and Personal Preferences,” “Social Justice, Activism and Digital Equity,” “Inclusive Design Practice”, “Privacy, Power and Autonomy,” and “Inclusive Technology for Learning.”


UDL On Campus: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education


Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0

UDL On Campus is a collection of resources developed by CAST geared towards multiple stakeholders within postsecondary institutions, including instructional designers, faculty, policymakers, and administrators. The purpose of the site is to offer an understanding of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in higher education and contains four sections: 1) UDL in Higher Education, 2) Course Design, 3) Media and Materials, and 4) Accessibility and Policy. Each section provides resources about addressing learner variability at the postsecondary level in an effort to improve learning opportunities, retention, and outcomes.

Format: Accessible website




Antiracism Inc.: Why the Way We Talk about Racial Justice Matters

Edited by Felice Blake (University of California, Santa Barbara), Paula Ioanide (Ithaca College), and Alison Reed (Old Dominion University)


Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Antiracism Inc. traces the ways people along the political spectrum appropriate, incorporate, and neutralize antiracist discourses to perpetuate injustice. It also examines the ways organizers continue to struggle for racial justice in the context of such appropriations. Antiracism Inc. reveals how antiracist claims can be used to propagate racism, and what we can do about it. While related to colorblind, multicultural, and diversity discourses, the appropriation of antiracist rhetoric as a strategy for advancing neoliberal and neoconservative agendas is a unique phenomenon that requires careful interrogation and analysis. Those who co-opt antiracist language and practice do not necessarily deny racial difference, biases, or inequalities. Instead, by performing themselves conservatively as non-racists or liberally as ‘authentic’ antiracists, they purport to be aligned with racial justice even while advancing the logics and practices of systemic racism. Antiracism Inc. therefore considers new ways of struggling toward racial justice in a world that constantly steals and misuses radical ideas and practices. The collection focuses on people and methods that do not seek inclusion in the hierarchical order of gendered racial capitalism. Rather, the collection focuses on aggrieved peoples who have always had to negotiate state violence and cultural erasure, but who work to build the worlds they envision. These collectivities seek to transform social structures and establish a new social warrant guided by what W.E.B. Du Bois called “abolition democracy,” a way of being and thinking that privileges people, mutual interdependence, and ecological harmony over individualist self-aggrandizement and profits. These aggrieved collectivities reshape social relations away from the violence and alienation inherent to gendered racial capitalism, and towards the well-being of the commons. Antiracism Inc. articulates methodologies that strive toward freedom dreams without imposing monolithic or authoritative definitions of resistance. Because power seeks to neutralize revolutionary action through incorporation as much as elimination, these freedom dreams, as well as the language used to articulate them, are constantly transformed through the critical and creative interventions stemming from the active engagement in liberation struggles. (Description from publisher Punctum Books)

Format: PDF


Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for a Socially Just Future

Asoa B. Inoue (University of Washington Tacoma)


Licence: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

In Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies, Asao B. Inoue theorizes classroom writing assessment as a complex system that is “more than” its interconnected elements. To explain how and why antiracist work in the writing classroom is vital to literacy learning, Inoue incorporates ideas about the white racial habitus that informs dominant discourses in the academy and other contexts. Inoue helps teachers understand the unintended racism that often occurs when teachers do not have explicit antiracist agendas in their assessments. Drawing on his own teaching and classroom inquiry, Inoue offers a heuristic for developing and critiquing writing assessment ecologies that explores seven elements of any writing assessment ecology: power, parts, purposes, people, processes, products, and places. (Description from publisher Parlor Press)

Formats: PDF and EPUB

Reviews: Open Textbook Library


From Racist to Non-Racist to Anti-Racist: Becoming Part of the Solution

Keith L. Anderson (Boise State University)


Licence: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Drawing on his teaching experience, the author offers a unique educational experience for learners in a formal classroom setting as well as a broader set of readers seeking to make the world a better, more equitable place. Anderson writes, “Living in Idaho has taught me to fight against racism in a way that gives people insight. I try to give them an understanding of racism that will allow them to become anti-racist warriors.” Chapters include material on different aspects of racism, guidance on how to be anti-racist, and essays. (Description by Leigh Kinch-Pedrosa for Pressbooks)

Formats: Pressbooks WebBook, PDF, EPUB, and MOBI


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