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Accessibility

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is dedicated to ensuring our information is accessible for people with disabilities. If you encounter information on this website that is not accessible or would like to provide feedback on accessibility, please contact WIND at (307) 766-2561 / TTY: 1-800-908-7011 or E-mail wind-information@uwyo.edu.

Resources

WIND is also committed to providing information on accessibility to the public. If you would like resources on specific accessibility topics, please contact WIND at (307) 766-2561 / TTY: 1-800-908-7011 or E-mail wind-information@uwyo.edu.

Web Accessibility Resources

There are many resources and guides related to web accessibility. The following is a list of the most robust and useful resources designed to assist individuals and organizations to make their websites accessible to people with vision and hearing impairments, intellectual disabilities, and motor disabilities. Each type of disability effects ways in which people access the web.

WebAIM 

WebAIM stands for Web Accessibility In Mind, which is part of the Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. The site features many useful articles promoting the idea of designing accessible web pages, and guidelines and instructions for making websites accessible. Their WAVE feature allows a web page to be analyzed for accessibility, it highlights page elements that need to be made accessible and also elements that are accessible. WebAIM provides accessibility checklists for developers to ensure their sites are following web industry standards.

W3C Web Accessibility Initiative 

W3C offers tips and guidelines for both users with disabilities and website developers. They explain why it is important for the web to be accessible and then provide resources to assist developers to make their websites accessible. This resource provides highly detailed information for developers in the areas of scripting, graphics, accessibility, audio/video and math on the web.

W3C publishes documents that define Web technologies. These documents follow a process designed to promote consensus, fairness, public accountability, and quality. At the end of this process, W3C publishes Recommendations, which are considered Web standards. This resource is designed with highly technical information for people deeply involved in web development.

Section 508.gov 

This website provides highly detailed information about laws, regulations and standards surrounding web accessibility. Comprehensive training is offered to anyone interested, but is targeted to federal agencies. The legislation known as Section 508 requires federal agencies to provide access to electronic information by people with disabilities, which includes standards for software applications and operating systems, stand-alone information systems such as information kiosks, and telecommunication products, among others.

The web accessibility standards outlined in Section 508 and the website are based on W3C standards and guidelines. Information is designed for entities that are required to follow Section 508 standards.

AChecker 

This is a very straight forward accessibility checker for single web pages. It provides feedback on parts of a website that need corrections to allow more comprehensive accessibility. AChecker identifies three types of problems: known, likely, and potential. Known problems are those which have been identified as definite accessibility barriers. Likely problems require a decision from a web developer, but would likely need to be modified. Potential problems also require a decision from a web author or developer to determine that the problem described is not present. AChecker uses W3C Markup Validation Service to analyze web content.

Introduction to Web Accessibility 

This user friendly site offers instructions on how to make websites accessible to users with vision impairments. It does not address issues pertaining to other disabilities. The training is geared toward web developers of business related or even more casual websites. It introduces the ChromeVox screen reader which is an add-on to the Chrome web browser. The tutorial references W3C information about ARIA roles, taxonomy, and authoring practices.

Accessify 

This resource is targeted towards busy web developers who need to get things done and want to make their sites accessible. It features tools that make developing functionality in webpages easy and in an accessible fashion. It also describes general developer tools that are compatible with the accessibility tools listed.  

Web Accessibility Tools Consortium (WAT-C) 

The Web Accessibility Tools Consortium [WAT-C] provides a collection of free tools to assist both developers and designers in the development and testing of accessible web content. The consortium itself is a collaboration of leading accessibility practitioners, founded by AIS (Australia), Infoaxia (Japan), Wrong HTML (Japan), The Paciello Group (USA), and Juicy Studio (UK). Their goals are to develop new tools, improve current tools and expand the range of browsers, operating systems and languages in which their tools are available.

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