Accessible Website Design

Section 508
Section 508 requires that Federal agencies’ electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. The Center for Information Technology Accommodation (CITA), in the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Governmentwide Policy, has been charged with the task of educating Federal employees and building the infrastructure necessary to support Section 508 implementation. Using this web site, Federal employees and the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.

Web Accessibility for All
This site provides an array of resources–from online and downloadable tutorials designed to help create accessible web content, to tools designed to help organizations build capacity to maintain electronic accessibility.

EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information)
Web pages can be created using Universal Design principles permitting their use by people with different browsers, different connection speeds, palm pilots, PDA’s and by people with disabilities using adaptive computer technology. This is an EASI Starter Kit to help individuals utilize design principles that will provide access to web pages for people with disabilities.

The HTML Writers Guild
The HTML Writers Guild is the world’s largest international organization of Web authors with over 123,000 members in more than 150 nations worldwide. Presented here is “Six Principles of Accessible Web Design: An Introduction to the WAI Page Author Guidelines.”

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), in coordination with organizations around the world, pursues accessibility of the Web through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development.

WAVE
The WAVE was originally developed at Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology, a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Development on the current product continues at WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind), a project at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University.

A-Prompt (Accessibility Prompt)
A-Prompt (Accessibility Prompt) has been developed to assist Web authors in improving the accessibility and usability of HTML documents. By checking Web pages for barriers to accessibility and making repairs to correct any problems, A-Prompt will ensure that you are reaching the widest possible audience.

Please Note: These resources are provided as a service to the Boston University Community. Their inclusion does not constitute an endorsement by Boston University or the Office of Disability Services. The degree of accessibility of these sites may vary.