This page includes:
- What is Accessibility
- Best Practices
- Creating Accessible Documents
- Testing and Fixing Accessibility
Accessible websites, tools and technologies are designed and developed in a way that make them easier for people with disabilities to use.
Making documents and web pages accessible allows individuals who use a screen reader to maneuver through documents, hear descriptions from picture and image tags, and have equal access to information that most of us take for granted.
Hunter College is committed to equal access to information technology for people with disabilities, and strives to offer people with disabilities the same opportunity to acquire information, engage in interactions and enjoy the same services as people without disabilities.
This aligns with Hunter's mission of educating a diverse student body. It also aligns with Hunter's obligation under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act of 1990.
Hunter College looks to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA and Web Accessibility Initiative – Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA), developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for guidance in meeting its IT accessibility commitments.
Accessibility instructions for web pages and web-based applications, as well as electronic documents to help make Hunter's website and web applications accessible to all users.
Quick lists of elements that editors need to keep in mind when creating content for the Hunter website. Documents, publications and presentations distributed from the website must also be accessible.
Following accessibility best practices from the start when creating documents will save you time and create a better document for your reader in the long run.
Documents submitted from outside resources must be tested and fixed before adding to Hunter's website. Information is included for testing and fixing in Adobe Acrobat Pro, PAVE, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.