Digital Accessibility Resources
Digital Accessibility Web Site presented by
CHSS Web & Technical Support Speicalist.
What is Digital Accessibility?
In the context of digital platforms and the Internet, accessibility is about designing systems so people are able to enjoy the benefits of online experiences—regardless of whether they live with blindness or low-vision deafness or are hard of hearing physical disabilities mental health challenges speech and language disorders, or learning and cognitive disabilities. Accessibility means ensuring everybody can utilize the same products and services. (InclusionHub.com)
How Does the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Impact College Campuses
Each section or Title of the ADA is specific to a different area of public access for persons with disabilities. Sections that are most relevant to universities and college campuses are Title I, II, and III, in addition to Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Campuses are expected to comply unless they can prove undue hardship. (from rev.com)
University of Houston System Accessibility Resources
- University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Accessibility Policy
- University of Houston website on Electronic and Information Resource (EIR)
- List of EIRA Coordinators for UHS
- UHD Office of Disability Services
- UHD Information on Assistive Technology
- UHD Library Online Accessibility Guide
POUR, the four principles of digital accessibility state that content must be:
- Understandable and
What is a Screen Reader?
"A screen reader is an assistive technology, primarily used by people with vision impairments. It converts text, buttons, images and other screen elements into speech or braille." Learn more about screen readers and view a demonstration on Axess Lab.
Free Screen Readers for Testing Accessibility
Accessibility Checking - Important Points
- No automated accessibility checker will ensure that a document is fully accessible. Content can pass a checker but still be inaccessible. Some aspects of accessibility checking will require human review such as checking tables, color contrast, audio, video, and ALT text.
- An accessibility checker should be used as a part of content creation work flow (web pages, documents, presentations, emails, etc..)
- For M.S. Office, use the Accessibility Checker with each office application
Canvas Learning Management System Accessibility