Website Accessibility Resources
We maintain this list of a variety of resources that may assist organizations looking to make their websites accessible.
Originally developed by John Slatin and Jim Allan to accompany a presentation at the Government Technology Conference in Austin, Texas, on February 15, 2002.
Copyright © 2002 John M. Slatin and Jim Allan. Used with permission.
International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet, Section 508 Resource Page is a substantial listing of government, industry, and academic resources related to federal accessibility standards as defined by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
This organization has created guides to improved legibility through font selection and sizing and effective use of color and contrast. Please see their publications, “Simple Steps to More Readable Type through Universal Graphic Design” and “Making Text Legible: Designing for People with Partial Sight”.
SECTION 508 FINAL STANDARDS
These standards became effective on June 21, 2001, and govern IT accessibility for all federal agencies and entities operating federal contracts. These standards are expected to have significant impact in the private and nonprofit sectors as well as in government.
WEB ACCESSIBILITY INITIATIVE (WAI)
A major activity of the World Wide Web Consortium, the WAI is a broad collaboration among industry, academic research, and members of the disability community to define standards and techniques for maximizing the accessibility of Web-based materials for all users.
The online accessibility course described in the previous entry, on the site of the person who wrote it. Thatcher’s site includes other valuable information, including a comparison chart with side-by-side views of Section 508 requirements and related WCAG Checkpoints.