What is the RAPID™ Digital Accessibility Remediation Model?

The RAPID™ Model provides content creators with a method to systematically remediate the accessibility of digital materials. The RAPID™ Model was created May 31, 2018 at Kent State University.

RAPID™ is an acronym for Review, Assess, Prioritize, Implement, Document.

During the RAPID process, the following actions take place:

  • Review - in this initial phase, the emphasis is on simply taking an inventory of all the digital content housed within a group, program, office, college, unit, or division. Please review the ICT accessibility footprint to see the full scope of information and communication technology accessibility at Kent State University.
  • Assess - in the second step, the goal is to sort the content into categories such as operations, marketing materials, course documents, program information, etc. 
  • Prioritize - in the third step, the goal is to prioritize what should be remediated.
  • Implement - in the fourth step, the work to remediate gets underway.
  • Document - in the final step, time is taken to formally document all the important work that has been completed, set timelines for future updates, and plan for future digital accessibility needs.

Getting started

A worksheet is provided to streamline the process of tracking digital content remediation efforts. The worksheet includes an Inventory and Tracking tab that can be used input lists of content that needs to be remediated and record relevant details, including final results. Once this worksheet is complete, it should be stored/retained as a formal university record pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 149.011(G) and University Policy 5-15.1(B)(1).