UA has recently released it's Web Resources Accessibility policy and you have probably received an email about it. If not, below is a copy of the announcement from Dr. Rachel Thompson, Director of The Faculty Resource Center. Let me know should you have any questions or concerns regarding the accessibility of your website.
The University of Alabama (UA) is committed to ensuring equal access to information, programs, and activities for all its constituents, including individuals with disabilities. Everyone in the UA community has some responsibility when it comes to creating documents, images, audio, video, and web content accessible to users with disabilities.
You have been identified as a potential digital content creator for The University of Alabama through your position type, via IT records, or by a UA technology accessibility liaison. If your duties or responsibilities include creating, managing, sharing, or procuring digital content via a UA web site or another University-affiliated medium (example: departmental social media), please read and prepare to follow The University of Alabama Web Resources Accessibility policy (https://www.ua.edu/about/policies/files/Web-Resources-Accessibility-Policy.pdf), which was approved in late 2018. In November 2019, the University’s technology accessibility team will begin reviewing UA web resources for compliance with this policy.
This policy applies to public-facing web resources, campus-wide web resources, and web resources needed to conduct core University administrative and academic functions. Please note – these requirements also apply to documents or publications created for print, but that are posted online via pdf or other digital file format. Anyone responsible for creating, dissemination, selecting, or purchasing web resources on behalf of UA (students, faculty, staff, contractors, and volunteers) should do the following:
1. Review the policy.
2. Identify digital content in your purview that is covered by the policy.
3. Review the WCAG 2.0 A/AA success criteria pertinent to that content.
4. Address accessibility needs via remediation or development of an equivalent access plan.
Learn what you can do to make the web more accessible and usable to everyone; visit http://accessibility.ua.edu to access training and other resources (https://accessibility.ua.edu/accessibilityresources). Thank you for your efforts to make The University of Alabama more inclusive and accessible for all!
Dr. Rachel S. Thompson
Director, Faculty Resource Center
The Office of Information Technology
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