I am happy to end my blog series on web accessibility with a post that focuses on collaboration, a cornerstone of Universal Design and disability activism. Like all other campus initiatives, ensuring that physical and digital spaces remain accessible requires cooperation from everyone on campus. Here are some ideas on how to make web accessibility a priority for your institution.
If you have been making regular accessibility checks on your institution’s web pages, you may be familiar with some of the language and common issues of web accessibility. OmniUpdate’s OU Campus provides an Accessibility Check tool that can help reveal code-level accessibility issues to thoroughly address accessibility compliance.
Taking stock of your current website is the next step in making your digital campus environment as welcoming as possible. Once your institution has committed to regular accessibility reviews, follow my top tips for developing an accessibility review plan.
Too often, taking steps to increase technological accessibility is a reactive solution to a student or faculty request or the threat of legal action rather than a normal part of the web design process. Conceptualizing your institution’s websites from a Universal Design perspective can have a meaningful impact on both the user experience and marketing efforts of your institution.
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