Web accessibility is the practice of making websites usable by people of all abilities. As an increasingly important resource, the web provides people with information and access to education, government, recreation, employment, commerce, etc. For UConn, it is critical that users have equal access to all official information and services that are provided via the University’s websites. There are millions of digital touch points with the University, which means that no one person or department can make them all accessible. As a community, we have the privilege of collaborating to create an environment in which we can find the spirit, not just the law, of accessibility.
As the state’s flagship public university, UConn must adhere to the State of Connecticut’s Universal Website Accessibility Policy which was established in 1994. The state policy adheres to the minimum levels of accessibility as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium, the international standards organization for the web. A checklist of design requirements is provided on the state’s policy website.
It is the responsibility of all webmasters to familiarize themselves with accessibility guidelines and ensure that their websites are in compliance with University and State guidelines. For information about Accessibility at UConn, and how to ensure that your website meets the University’s accessibility standards, visit https://accessibility.its.uconn.edu/.
Please note that the State of Connecticut’s Website Accessibility Committee is currently going through the process of matching the State’s policies to the Federal policy. The Federal Policy is spelled out in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, passed by Congress in 1998. It also requires compliance with WCAG 1.0, but adds a few additional rules.