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Accessibility and Usability in Cengage Educational Materials

Cengage is committed to making its educational materials accessible to users of all abilities. Through a dedicated company-wide task force, the assistance of outside experts and consultants, and feedback from users, Cengage continuously seeks to identify and evaluate opportunities for improving the usability and accessibility of our products and services.

Services and Compliance

AccessText Network

Cengage provides PDF or DOC files on demand, at no charge, to DSS offices upon request for qualified students with visual or hearing impairment.

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Get additional help with Cengage PDF or DOC files on demand for qualified students with visual or hearing impairment.

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Cengage is in compliance with the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) requirements for K–12 textbooks and related supplemental material.

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MindTap levels the playing field

For students that have hearing impairments

Accessibility Practices

WCAG: As of March 2010, Cengage policies require all new website development to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA, as recommended by The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Following these guidelines, Cengage content is accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited mobility, photosensitivity and many others.

Audio-Visual Materials: For many years, Cengage-produced videos have included closed-captioning. Since August 2009, audio-visual materials used in Cengage products are required to be close-captioned with accompanying transcripts.

PowerPoint Presentations: Since summer 2014, revisions to PowerPoint presentations must meet WCAG 2.0 standards.

Text Descriptions for Image Content: Since fall 2015, our policy requires thorough review, evaluation and updates for more effective descriptions.

Online Courses and Homework Solutions: Cengage offers compatibility with most assistive technologies.

  • CengageNOW online courses offer high contrast and well-structured HTML, and more accessibility to users with assistive technologies.
  • Aplia online homework student registration and course management pages conform with Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act: working with screen readers, and providing keyboard navigation and more usable forms. We continue to re-engineer Aplia for all users by converting Flash content. Future releases will include additional visual options and further accessibility of problem sets. All digital solutions support browser settings for high-contrast narrative text, variable font sizes and multiple foreground and background color options.

Cengage has teamed with the American Foundation for the Blind and other industry partners to identify barriers for continuous improvement towards better accessibility for all. More importantly, we engage actual students using assistive technologies in our product evaluations.

Differently-Abled Students Love Cengage

“This is the most accessible textbook I have ever been able to read!” – MindTap User

Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPAT)

Select your product:

4LTR Press (PDF, 280 KB)                    
Aplia (PDF, 362 KB)
CengageBrain (PDF, 61 KB)
CengageNOWv2 (PDF, 311 KB)
CourseMate (PDF, 187 KB)                    
Diet Analysis (PDF, 127 KB)
Ed2go Career Training Programs (PDF, 40 KB)
Gale Artemis Primary Sources (PDF, 340 KB)
Gale In Context Products (PDF, 348 KB)
Gale InfoTrac Collections (PDF, 259 KB)
Gale Literary Sources (PDF, 342 KB)
Gale Virtual Reference Library (PDF, 256 KB)
iLRN Quia You Book 2016 (PDF, 583 KB)                    
MindTap (PDF 308 KB)
OWLv2 (PDF, 283 KB)
SAM 2013 (PDF, 382 KB)                
SAM 2016 (PDF, 300 KB)                
WebAssign (PDF, 169 KB)    

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Frequently Asked Questions

Rights & Permissions

Contact the Copyright Clearance Center to request rights and permissions to reuse Cengage copyrighted material. You can also request from us directly if the title you are seeking does not appear on the Copyright Clearance Center.  

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Accessibility Questions

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Product Support

Cengage Support connects you to information on product purchases and refunds, product registration, passwords and access codes, general product support and much more.

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Gale Electronic Products

Gale strives continually to make its products universally accessible and user-friendly and to bring its user experience into full alignment with Section 508 standards and WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA success criteria.  

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An Ongoing Commitment to Accessibility

Cengage is committed to increasing accessibility via a full spectrum of usable tools, features and choices that are accessible for users of all abilities. All new Cengage products and services are designed with accessibility in mind. We also conduct ongoing evaluations of existing products and services to implement enhancements as feasible. As we continue to enhance our solutions, we will update this information.