Episode 65 Resources: Web Accessibility in a Nutshell

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Use of the Internet is increasingly enmeshed and vital in education, business, and daily life. However, various barriers prevent equal access and limit equal opportunity to the Web for people with disabilities. This episode of ADA Live! will highlight the basics of web accessibility including: why it is important, the ADA and other laws, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and common barriers to web access. Discover some tips and best practices to help you get started in providing more accessible and usable web applications and digital materials to a diverse audience.

“Basics” - Getting Started, Why?, Legal & Policy


Statistics & Business Case


Accessibility Statements & Policies

Best practice is to have in the footer a link named “Accessibility” that goes to a webpage, which contains information on accessibility of content and to contact.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

“Background” -  User Experience & Perspectives

“Barrier” Content Areas

Images and Alternative Text


Color & Contrast

Captioning, Audio, Video

Keep in mind:



Test & Evaluate

Quick Checks


NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access)

Beyond the Web

Microsoft Office Accessibility

PDF Accessibility

For maximum accessibility, start with an accessible source document before creating the PDF file.

InDesign Accessibility

Social Media

Training & Presentations

Spanish/ En Español

TĂ©rminos Comunes en Accesibilidad Web

  • accesibilidad web -
    en inglĂ©s: web accessibility
  • El World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) El W3C
    en inglĂ©s: The World Wide Web Consortium, The W3C
  • La Iniciativa de Accesibilidad Web (WAI) del World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
    en inglĂ©s: The Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium
  • Las Pautas de Accesibilidad al Contenido Web (WCAG)
    en inglĂ©s: The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
  • Las Pautas de Accesibilidad al Contenido en la Web (WCAG)
    en inglĂ©s: The Guidelines for Accessibility to Web Content
  • Los Estándares del W3C
    en inglĂ©s: The W3C Standards


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