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Accessibility at UIW

UIW’s has made a commitment to equal access of digital content, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III. Section 508 states that electronic and information technology – including websites, web applications, software, and digital documents – is accessible to everyone.

This statement includes e-learning.

About this Site

This site serves as UIW’s hub for information about accessible technology. Accessible technology includes electronic documents, websites, videos, software applications, and hardware devices that can be used effectively by everyone, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities. The UIW community is collectively responsible for assuring the technologies we choose, use, and create are fully accessible.

Digital Accessibility is Equity

Digital accessibility is a process for making digital content accessible to everyone.

In keeping with the UIW Mission statement of striving for inclusion amongst a student body of diverse backgrounds, and abilities, all digital assets should/will be revised and created in accordance with the guidelines developed by the world Wide Web Consortium (W3C) an international community of experts who work on standards for the web.

The purpose of WCAG is to provide a single, shared standard for web accessibility that can be used by governments, businesses, and organizations around the world to make their websites and web-based applications more accessible to people with disabilities. WCAG provides a set of clear and specific guidelines that outline how to make web content more accessible, as well as a set of success criteria that can be used to evaluate the accessibility of web content.

The Four Principles of Accessibility

There are four principles of accessibility that lay the foundation for anyone to access and use web content. The four principles were defined by WCAG as guidelines for making digital content more accessible, as well as a list of success criteria for evaluating accessibility. These criteria are referred to by the acronym "POUR."

Perceivable Open
Operable Open
Understandable Open
Robust Open

About Accessibility

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Accessibility Terminology Open
Forms of Disability Open