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Major Web Accessibility Sites
Accessibility of websites is critical regardless of the intent of the site. Website accessibility for educational efforts is a significant component in UDE. These links will take you to the home pages of sites that have developed and been active in setting standards for website accessibility.
This website offers a model organizations can use to evaluate Web pages, develop a planning team, gain support for a Web accessibility initiative, develop and implement a plan, train staff, and monitor the accessibility of Web pages over time. [Annotation from UW Web Accessibility for All]
"A site dedicated to furthering the cause of web accessibility by offering free tools and other useful resources."
This website advocates about the need for accessible gas pumps. More automotive companies are supplying accessible cars but the need for accessible gas stations are needed to support the increase of accessible cars.
This site provides awards for accessible websites based on their criteria, gives examples, and provides a good discussion of web accessibility issues. The site aims "to prove that accessible, usable web sites built with universality and standards in mind need not be boring. We will show you artfully crafted sites made by some of today's most progressive web developers."
This website contains information on the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM). The NCAM acts as the research and development arm of WGBH's (Boston) Media Access Group and is involved in technology, policy, and program development to assure that the nation's media and technologies are fully accessible to people with disabilities.
WGBH Media Access Group
This website is for making websites accessible, includes multimedia and virtual reality. It provides information on browsers with built-in voice or other access features. Also it provides a link to a video that demonstrates how screen readers assist the blind. There are many links to other related projects.
TRACE Center, University of Maryland
On this website, you can use a form to evaluate the functional accessibility of a single web page. All you need to do is enter the website address in the form. A score is assigned to the website page and user-friendly explanations accompany the scores. You can also register for a free user account to gain access to additional features, such as evaluating multiple pages via web crawling, generating a Sitewide Report that identifies problem pages, and saving reports. The level of expertise to use the site is closer to a lay person than a web expert in that explanations appear in understandable language and words.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This webpage provides and easy to use overview of Web Accessibility. This website explains the essential elements needed when creating an accessible website; some of which include layouts, tables, and graphics. A short list of references are also listed.
Ohio State University Partnership Grant
A well written article for anyone interested in the experience of blind web consumers. The article is on a web page housed by GIZMODO, a website rich with information, reviews and commentary regarding new technologies and other news regarding several related topics of design and development.
John Herrman, GIZMODO
"In service to the community of organizations and individuals enhancing learning worldwide through the use of technology, IMS GLC is a global, nonprofit, member association that provides leadership in shaping and growing the learning and educational technology industries through collaborative support of standards, innovation, best practice and recognition of superior learning impact."
Innovation Adoption Learning
This Web Accessibility Website includes Quick Links, policy and related information, accessibility evaluation tools, articles and resources.
"Founded in 1993, SensAble Technologies is a leading developer of 3D touch-enabled (force feedback) solutions and technology that allow users to not only see and hear an on-screen computer application, but to actually 'feel' it. The company evolved from undergraduate research done at MIT in the 1990s by industry pioneers Thomas Massie and Dr. Kenneth Salisbury."
Home to "FacultyWare" - a website to provide "a broad range of information and tools to enhance the design and delivery of instruction for diverse college students."
University of Connecticut; Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops specifications, guidelines, software, and tools to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding. On this page, you'll find news, links and ways to get involved. The WCAG 2.0 Guidelines for web accessibility originated with W3C, as well as over 100 other web standards toward the goal of "Web interoperability". Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989 has served as the W3C Director since W3C was founded, in 1994.
W3C - The World Wide Web Consortium
"WAVE is a free web accessibility evaluation tool provided by WebAIM. It is used to aid humans in the web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility of that page."
Web Accessibility System Change: The Myths, Realities, and What We Can Learn From Two Large Scale Efforts
The authors of this on-line article, rich with resources, "select two different large accessibility initiatives and briefly describe them. Each is described with respect to key components of system change efforts. Although the outcomes associated with the components are unknown, they represent current thinking and recommended practice."
Cyndi Rowland and Heather Mariger, NCDAE
An article on the AARP website with an overview of the latest accessibility options available for surfing the Internet quickly and easily.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
"The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) documents explain how to make Web content more accessible to people with disabilities. Web "content" generally refers to the information in a Web page or Web application, including text, images, forms, sounds, and such."
WCAG is primarily intended for web content developers (page authors, site designers, etc.), web authoring tool developers, web accessibility evaluation tool developers, and others who want or need a technical standard for web accessibility. WCAG and related resources are also intended to meet the needs of many different audiences, including people who are new to web accessibility, policy makers, managers, and others.
This website provides links, videos and information on how to make websites more accessible and addressing principles of accessible design.