you have a home page on the World Wide Web, we know you'll want
all your visitors to be able to use it - including those with
disabilities. These sites will show you how.
to serve "as a central hub for GSA's section 508 training
and information resources," this site includes an excellent
tutorial on designing accessible websites to meet new federal
specifications. Also listed under Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Webpage Design: Resources
- Axel Schmetzke's
personal site features an extensive list of links to major organizations,
accessible web-design guidelines, useful tools, good and bad
examples, institutional accessible web design policy statements,
legal information, and more.
- A basic,
easy-to-follow guide from the New South Wales Attorney General's
- The Brain Spot
- Geared for
people with brain injury, this unique web site from the University
of North Carolina's Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies
is "designed for persons who are learning to use the Internet
or are frustrated by other complicated web sites." Most
of the instructions, especially the preliminary tutorial on using
the mouse to navigate the Internet, are on-target; however, sentences
like "your browsers must support frames and stylesheets
to use the navigation bar" will baffle most newbees, whether
or not they have a brain injury. The main sections of the site
include People (with links for a discussion board, sending email,
and sending electronic greeting cards), Games, Places (community
resources), Profiles (personal and group pages), and Resources
(other Internet sites).
- Center for
Information Technology Accommodation (CITA)
- Part of
the U.S. General Services Administration, the Center for IT Accommodation
(CITA) works to advance technologies and policies that enhance
access to electronic information for persons with disabilities.
Its web site includes a wide range of links about information
access technology, including web design resources.
- Could Helen Keller
Read Your Page?
- This page
from "All Things Web" describes a wide variety of useful
tricks that web designers can use to make their pages accessible
Out the Disabled
- This article
from PC World provides an excellent, readable overview
of the problems, issues and solutions involved in making web
- Designing a More
Usable World: Web Sites
- This section
of the Trace Center site links to information about the Web Accessibility
Initiative, Accessible Web Site Guidelines, Web Access Tools,
Accessibility of Web Programming and Scripting Languages, Browsers
with Built-in Voice and Access Features, Browser Design, Model
Accessible Web Sites, Virtual Reality Access, and more.
Accessibility: Developing Technology
- Geared mostly
for software and hardware designers, this site includes information
about the need for accessible design, articles, software, guidelines,
hardware guidelines, web guidelines, active accessibility, closed
captions, testing, user documentation, and downloads. The section
Guidelines includes an introduction to web accessibility,
a how-to guide, 12 tips, information about IE accessibility,
a testing checklist, code examples, and resources.
Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) Web Accessibility Projects
- This site
provides information about the Center's web access projects,
which focus on online multimedia, as well as links to related
sites. It is also where you can find the Web Access Symbol.
- NCSA Mosaic Access
some of the major barriers that people with disabilities encounter
using the Internet and how they can be addressed.
- This federally
funded from the National Center for Accessible Media provides
resources for developers and users interested in ways to make
"rich media" such as a streaming video or a stock ticker
accessible to people with disabilities.
508 Resources [added
- This annotated
guide to 508-related websites from the Kentucky Assistive Technology
Network includes free tools and guidance on technology access
issues, commercially available Section 508 repair and verification
tools, commercially available accessible web design online training
programs, private accessibility contractors, and more. Also
listed under Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- U.S. Department
of Justice's Section 508 Home Page
508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information
technology is accessible to people with disabilities, including
employees and members of the public. This page provides background
information and self-evaluation materials, including a Web
Page Accessibility Checklist.
- Usability.gov [added 5/6/01]
by the National Cancer Institute (NCI),"this site is designed
to provide current and accurate information on how to make Web
sites and other user interfaces more usable, accessible, and
useful." The site provides a wide range of links to external
web sites, resources, and articles, as well as some original
With Any Browser: Accessible Site Design
- From the
folks who are running the "Campaign for a Non-Browser Specific
WWW," this site is an excellent introductory guide to designing
accessible web sites. Topics covered include design elements,
testing, and tools. There's even a sample letter you can send
to webmasters when you come across an inaccessible site.
- Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
- The Web
Accessibility Initiative is part of the W3C World Wide Web Consortium,
an international industry consortium that develops common web
protocols. The web site provides news and information along with
the latest WAI
Accessibility Guidelines. (For a concise summary of the guidelines,
see the WAI
Quick Tips Reference Card,)
- WebAIM [added 2/28/01]
- Geared for
postsecondary institutions but valuable for all web designers,
this site offers an array of useful articles, tutorials, and
courses, and an excellent database of related links.
Web's Blind Spot: Disabled Users
- This ZDNet
article on the problems of inaccessible web sites includes tips
and guidelines, as well as information about the National Federation
of the Blind's law suit against America On Line.
- Related Subjects
- Assistive Technology (Index)
Act of 1973 - Section 508
- Web Page Design - Tools and Page Checkers
- Resources in your state
- This Month in DRM
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