Web Accessibility at Purdue
What is Web Accessibility?
Web Accessibility removes barriers to electronic information and technology. Accessibility focuses on all potential users of Web content. These include individuals who must or choose to use assistive technology to consume content on the Web. Web Accessibility is making sure the code of a Web page is written in a way to be as clear as possible to assistive technology such as screen readers. This normally means adding a few extra lines of code which may not be visible on the Web page, but helps to clarify information to someone who may be listening rather than reading a Web page.
Purdue's Web Accessibility Awards were initiated in 2011 to help promote equal access to Purdue University's web pages. The Web Accessibility Awards recognize colleges, schools, departments, programs, and units that have made great strides in meeting or exceeding the University's standards for accessible web design while demonstrating excellence in design and communication. These awards of $1,000 will be given to two winners each year during the four-year implementation of Purdue's Web Accessibility Policy.
Reason for the Policy
The creation and dissemination of knowledge is a defining characteristic of universities and is fundamental to Purdue University's mission to promote learning, discovery, and engagement. The use of digital and Web based delivery of information is increasingly central in carrying out our mission. Acknowledging this fact, Purdue University is committed to ensuring equal access to information for all its constituencies. This Policy establishes minimum standards for the accessibility of Web-based information and services considered necessary to meet this goal and ensure compliance with applicable law.
At this time, units are not required to submit a Status Report Form. OIE is exploring the use of a new tool to assist with compliance and reporting. The goal is to provide this tool free of charge to colleges, schools, departments, programs, or units. Per the Policy, the university will be reviewing and making necessary revisions to this policy including revisions to the compliance requirements and reporting.
Requests for extensions or exceptions to the Policy will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the campus' Equal Opportunity Officer. For more information on extensions or exceptions and Status Reports, please visit Web Accessibility Compliance and Reporting.
The Purdue Web Accessibility Committee Website lists resources, guidelines, and tools to assist those with making their Web pages accessible. The Committee has also developed written self-guided training documents which can be found at their Website and is working on instructor-led courses that will begin sometime in the Fall of 2010. Lastly, the Committee's Website includes a technical FAQ section. Volunteers from the Web Accessibility Committee are available for technical questions, and these questions can be submitted using the questionnaire form on their contact page.