What is Web Accessibility?
Web accessibility refers to the practice of making websites usable by people with disabilities. When sites are correctly designed, developed and edited, all users have equal access to information and functionality.
Why does it matter?
- It’s the law. As a public university and a federal contractor, the University of West Georgia is required to adhere to Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Twenty-percent of the population has a disability, such as: vision, hearing, physical, aging, mild to severe.
- It is the right thing to do. It resonates with the University’s culture, which embraces diversity and inclusion, recognizing the valuable contributions of each of our faculty, staff, and students.
- Accessibility overlaps with other best practices such as mobile web design, usability, and search engine optimization (SEO).
Who is responsible for accessible content?
- All faculty and staff who publish content on the University’s website are responsible to comply with accessibility standards.
- ITS is responsible for providing an accessible content management system and web templates that are able to produce accessible webpages.
- UCM’s Web Services team is responsible for providing accessibility training and support to OU Campus CMS users.
- The ICT Accessibility Advisory Committee is responsible for creating an accessibility policy, interpreting accessibility regulations and standards, and defining procedures necessary to remove barriers to electronic information for people with disabilities.
Because the scope of accessibility is much larger than a website, everyone who communicates electronically and creates a digital document, such as an email, a PDF or a Word document, a video, or a presentation is responsible to comply with accessibility standards.
Web Accessibility Guidelines
OU Campus CMS Accessibility Check
Remember to always check for accessibility before you publish a page in OU Campus.
When you’re ready to publish, select the green “Publish” button and then click on the “Accessibility” icon. To see any error details, click on the red number of problems. Correct all items related to the content that you entered. Always correct all known problems related to the content that you edited before you publish.
Other Accessibility Tools: