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Accessibility Resources: Getting Started

In this guide...

Facilitating Accessibility

Svetlana Kouznetsova discusses access barriers and the importance of web accessibility.

What does Accessibility look like?

A look at the process of making materials accessible to all students. This video also have auditory descrition, a great example of accessible multimedia.

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What are the motivations for creating an accessible website?

An informative article from WebAIM on understanding user's needs and how to approach web accessiblity.
http://webaim.org/articles/pour/

The four qualities of an accessibile website (POUR):

1. Perceivable
Think about the ways that people will need to receive the information being presented - seeing, hearing, watching.

2. Operable
Consider how users can interact with and manipulate the interface - with a mouse or keyboard, by voice command.

3. Understandable
Both the information presented and the manner by which it is intended to be access must be clear to the user.

4. Robust
It should be possible in interpret the material through a number of different means or assistive technologies. Consider also that these technologies will change over time.

(Cooper, M., Guarino Reid, L., Kirkpatrick, A., O'Connor, J., Vanderheiden, G. Understanding WCAG 2.0: A guide to understanding and implementing WCAG 2.0. W3C Working Draft, 5 Sept 2013. http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/)