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Episode 65 Resources: Web Accessibility in a Nutshell

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Use of the Internet is increasingly enmeshed and vital in education, business, and daily life. However, various barriers prevent equal access and limit equal opportunity to the Web for people with disabilities. This episode of ADA Live! will highlight the basics of web accessibility including: why it is important, the ADA and other laws, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and common barriers to web access. Discover some tips and best practices to help you get started in providing more accessible and usable web applications and digital materials to a diverse audience.

“Basics” – Getting Started, Why?, Legal & Policy


Statistics & Business Case


Accessibility Statements & Policies

Best practice is to have in the footer a link named “Accessibility” that goes to a webpage, which contains information on accessibility of content and to contact.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

“Background” –  User Experience & Perspectives

“Barrier” Content Areas

Images and Alternative Text


Color & Contrast

Captioning, Audio, Video

Keep in mind:



Test & Evaluate

Quick Checks


NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access)

Beyond the Web

Microsoft Office Accessibility

PDF Accessibility

For maximum accessibility, start with an accessible source document before creating the PDF file.

InDesign Accessibility

Social Media

Training & Presentations

Spanish/ En Español

Términos Comunes en Accesibilidad Web

  • accesibilidad web –
    en inglés: web accessibility
  • El World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) El W3C
    en inglés: The World Wide Web Consortium, The W3C
  • La Iniciativa de Accesibilidad Web (WAI) del World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
    en inglés: The Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium
  • Las Pautas de Accesibilidad al Contenido Web (WCAG)
    en inglés: The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
  • Las Pautas de Accesibilidad al Contenido en la Web (WCAG)
    en inglés: The Guidelines for Accessibility to Web Content
  • Los Estándares del W3C
    en inglés: The W3C Standards

Global Accessibility Awareness Day – Third Thursday in May

Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness – Think. Explore. Learn. Share: Digital Access Everyday

May 16, 2024
Sources: Southeast ADA Center and GAAD Foundation
Annually held on the third Thursday of May, Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) aims to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

State of Digital Accessibility

1 billion people worldwide have disabilities.

Digital accessibility refers to the ability of people with disabilities to independently consume and/or interact with digital (e.g., web, mobile) applications and content. Take a look at the WebAIM Million Project, for a current snapshot of trends and issues regarding web accessibility.

Accessibility Removes Barriers and Unlocks the Possible

Accessibility is essential for people with disabilities and useful for all. But, various barriers often prevent equal access and limit equal opportunity for people with disabilities in digital content and online interactions.

Everyone can help and has a part in promoting and providing equitable digital access to all. Accessibility is not all “techie” or only for the designer or developer. Various resources and tools are available that “break down” best practices and can guide you in simple quick checks for digital access.

Accessibility should be included from the start and built-in throughout the process of design, development, and management to promote digital inclusion for the more than one billion people with disabilities worldwide. Ensure the purchase and provision of third-party digital products, technology, and services are also accessible.

Keep in mind that digital access is not a one-time checkbox, given the diversity of technology and users together with the continual, often critical, changing nature of digital content. It is vital to have accessibility contacts and policies in place.

Legal: ADA, Laws, and Cases – Digital Access

Be aware of your legal responsibilities for digital access under various U.S. Federal and state laws that may be applicable. Keep in mind that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that covers “effective communication,” “equal opportunity,” and “non-discrimination” for individuals with disabilities.

Below are some links to resources on digital access related to the ADA, health care, and more federal guidance.

Resources for Digital Access – Think. Explore. Learn. Share.