Why should you care as a person developing online educational content for a private university?
- Because it is the right thing to do. Education should be accessible to anyone who wants it.
- Because many other private universities are making their Web sites accessible to people with disabilities by following WCAG and Section 508 guidelines. It's progressive and competitive.
- Because if you receive federal funds, it may be argued that you must comply with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504.
Resources for making Web content accessible:
- The W3C's (World Wide Web Consortium) WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines)
- WebAim Section 508 Checklist
- Ohio State University's Web accessibility site - full of all sorts of information
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Best Practices pages
- University of Washington - Explanation of Section 508 and 504 - Faculty Responsibilities
- University of Washington - Do It - Teaching tips and techniques for accessibility
- Side-by-side comparison of WCAG and Section 508 guidelines
- Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards (Section 508 of Americans with Disability Act)
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