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Digital Accessibility

Creating Accessible Documents


Digital accessibility refers to websites, mobile applications, digital media, and electronic documents that are easily accessed, navigated, understood, and provide an equable and inclusive experience for everyone regardless of ability.


Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit colleges, universities, and postsecondary education institutions from discriminating against students on the basis of their disabilities. While Title II’s reach extends only to State and local government activities, which includes public colleges, universities, and graduate schools, section 504 covers all programs receiving Federal financial assistance, which may include some private schools. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) enforces Section 504 in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Dept. of Education.


The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) which are developed through the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) are international standards and best practices by which all digitally accessible content is created and measured for accessibility. Although WCAG was developed especially for web content, these guidelines apply to all forms of digital content and communications.

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