Accessible web content is very important because it benefits and affects everyone!
Having accessible web content benefits all viewers who access your materials, not just DSS students!
There are many benefits to accessible content - the main goal of accessible content is that all readers are able to access, navigate, and understand content posted online. These goals apply to all viewers, not just ones with special needs, and come particularly helpful if your content is being used on a mobile device.
Having accessible content additionally decreases the likelihood of an ADA-related complaint or lawsuit for the campus and yourself.
If your site is accessible publicly online, then you still need to make your content accessible. Public online content can be accessed by anyone and ultimately should be prepared to be as accessible as physically possible. Legally, all university-affiliated, public-access websites need to be made accessible; failing to do so could result in a lawsuit.
If you do not have a DSS Student and are teaching within a Cougar Course environment it is highly recommended to create accessible content. It is extremely likely that you will have an identified DSS student within your course and it's much easier to create and accessible content at the beginning then to retrofit your materials.
Yes! As long as the sites being submitted are university affiliated, anyone can submit their content to be checked for accessibility.
Many elements are considered when making a site accessible such as: headers, alternative text on images, marked tables, layout design, color choices, captions on videos (if applicable), and coding elements.
If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed on this page, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org