Web Accessibility

The accessibility movement encourages web sites to be built to allow people with disabilities to view them. For example, one accessibility standard is that all images have “alternate text” and “long descriptions” coded into the HTML. This would be useful for software that reads web pages out loud for blind people. Even if they cannot see your images, the software can read the description of the image out loud.

There are two different guidelines often used when determining whether a site is “accessible”: the US Government Section 508 Guidelines and the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Accessible Web Design

Accessible Forms

WebAim

Web Accessibility Design Sites and Tools

Trace Center – Designing More Usable Web Sites

Accessible Work site Check

The ODEP-funded Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) has enhanced TechCheck, a free, interactive tool that helps organizations evaluate their accessible workplace technology efforts and find resources to develop them further. TechCheck gives users a confidential bench marking “snapshot” of the current state of their workplace technology, recommended accessibility goals and steps they can take to achieve them. Updated features of the tool include automatic scoring and a customized list of resource links based on user responses, making TechCheck a natural step for employers seeking to build or fine-tune an accessible workplace technology initiative.