Conferences & Events
Events for all Levels and InterestsStay
Jump Start Your Career GrowthStay
Get on the Higher Ed IT MapStay
Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good™Stay
Filter by type
Filter by Library Taxonomy
Colleges and universities have long been responsible for ensuring that persons with disabilities have equitable access to educational opportunities as well as the campus workplace. Federal and state laws require it. As technology has become ever more central to the development and delivery of institutional programs, resources, and services, the importance of providing an accessible technology environment across a college or university has grown. To the extent that technology is critical to the core functions of the institution, the accessibility of that technology to persons with disabilities has become a key factor in determining whether facilities, programs, and services are accessible to them.
Accessible Web Design
EDUCAUSE Accessibility Guidelines This guide is a working draft developed by the IT Accessibility Constituent Group at the request of EDUCAUSE staff. It is designed to provide guidance to authors, reviewers, and publishers associated with EDUCAUSE Quarterly (EQ), and to the larger EDUCAUSE community, on how to ensure that web content is accessible to all users, including those with disabilities.
North Carolina State University IT Accessibility The Office of Information Technology at North Carolina State University maintains this site as a primary source for the accessibility services and resources it offers. It provides links to relevant legislation and policies (institutional, state, and federal), web accessibility standards, and tools for web accessibility testing. The site also identifies the areas in which IT accessibility consultation services are available to the university community.
University of Washington Information Technology Accessibility This site offers a variety of resources on technology accessibility, including policies and standards (institutional, state, federal, and international), guidelines for producing accessible web pages, information and recommendations on procuring accessible IT, and links to tools and resource sites for addressing IT and web accessibility needs. Of particular note, the site hosts a list of higher education IT and web accessibility policies from nearly a dozen colleges and universities.
WebAIM A program of the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University, WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) supports a comprehensive array of accessibility information, tools, application reviews, and training services. Institutions seeking to reevaluate and renew their approach to web accessibility can take advantage of WebAIM’s web accessibility implementation model. The program also provides free access to a tool for assessing the accessibility of any web content, WAVE, and the WebAIM blog includes reviews of assistive technologies for web access.
The U.S. Department of Justice's Americans with Disabilities (ADA) website includes the following information:
- Frequently Asked Questions About the June 29, 2010, Dear Colleague Letter
- A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
- ADA Standards for Accessible Design
- ADA Questions and Answers
The Australian Human Rights Commission website on World Wide Web and information accessibility includes information on;
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Accessibility
- Building a Strategic Plan for Online Course Accessibility: A Simple Template to Get You to Compliance
February 4, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting
Online courses offered through Penn State's World Campus are developed both by the World Campus learning design team and by learning design units located in the individual colleges of the un…
- Online Learning with Students, Staff, and Faculty with Disabilities: Knowing the Legal Landscape of Web Accessibility
December 10, 2012
Join Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative director, and Veronica Diaz, ELI associate director, as they moderate this webinar with Cyndi Rowland. Institutions of higher education want to us…
- Coding, Captioning, and Courses: Accessibility in the Digital Age
November 14, 2011
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of makin g courses more stimulating, engaging, and interactive by adding content such as online videos, virtual worlds, and mobile devices. The …
- Internet Wellness Intervention for Women with Disabilities (Innovative Practice)
January 28, 2008
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2008
We are collaborating to create the Garden of Wellness, a web-based, interactive, "serious" game where women with disabilities can actively learn how to improve their physical, psychologic…
- Accessibility Compliance in Distance Learning: Barrier-Free Multimedia
January 23, 2007
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2007
This session will focus on solving the problem of accessibilities, which online students with disabilities face in distance-education courses that include multimedia components. By developing a syn…