ADA Compliance

Evaluate the accessibility of your content

The Department of Justice (DOJ) published the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design in September 2010. These standards state that all electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities.

For more information on the proposed rulemaking by the DOJ, please go to ANPRM notice posted on July 26, 2010.

How to comply with the ADA?

The ADA encourages self-regulation of accessibility standards and the Department of Justice is currently developing regulations to provide specific guidance to the entities covered by the ADA. Organizations are encouraged to use the WCAG 2.0 level AA guidelines as a guide on how to become accessible until the DOJ defines the regulations.

Accessibility Checkers Tools

Code Validators

Use W3C HTML Validatoror HTML Validator add-on for Firefox to verify that web pages have correct syntax.

Browsers

You can use the browser’s accessibility functions (e.g. text size, zoom, no page style) to determine whether or not the site responds as expected to those functions.

Keyboard Testing
Try to use your website with the keyboard (hide your mouse) to see how accessible is the site. You can also use a screen reader simulation and screen readers shortcuts.
Webpage Accessibility Checkers
These are single page evaluation tools that will give you warning and errors for accessibility.
API Viewers

Test and evaluate Internet applications such as Flash, AJAX, JavaScript (Windows platform).

Add-ons and Toolbars
Color Analyzers

Contrast and color can be issues for accessibility. Use these tools to easily analyze the colors of a website.

Assistive Technology
Reporting Tools

Users can submit this form to review pages for accessibility and send the information to authors to correct the accessibility problems in webpages.

Need support?

IRT supports faculty and staff in making instructional materials accessible to students with disabilities. If you are creating instructional materials such as videos, websites or documents and would like assistance, please contact Instructional Designer on your campus.