The National Federation of the Blind defines digital accessibility as “the practice of designing electronic material so that it is usable by all people, including people with disabilities. It allows for information to be available visually, aurally, and tactilely.”
The University of Missouri is committed to supporting a campus that is accessible digitally to everyone. A digitally accessible campus enhances usability for all users, and by providing digital accessibility, we ensure that as broad a population as possible can access, benefit from, and contribute to our university.
Digital Accessibility is Your Responsibility
Mizzou can help you create digitally accessible content; however, it is your responsibility to ensure that access.
Why Digital Accessibility Matters
- It significantly affects everyday lives. More people are continually using assistive technology. Examples:
- A person with a vision disability needs to use the zoom feature to enlarge text on a tablet. An accessible website allows customization to ensure usability.
- A person with a learning disability such as dyslexia uses a more accessible font or a tool to read content out loud.
- A person with a hearing disability requires captions in order to understand the information provided in videos.
- It ensures that people with disabilities have equal access to websites, educational resources and all aspects of our digital campus. We guarantee that students with physical disabilities can access our facilities by providing accessibility features. Likewise, it’s essential that our online resources and courses have the accessibility features necessary. When we plan for accessibility, we ensure everyone has the same opportunity to enjoy the benefits of our world-class research university.
- It’s required by law and a civil right. Digital accessibility is a defining higher education compliance issue. Hundreds of universities – including Harvard, MIT, California at Berkeley, and Colorado at Boulder – have faced lawsuits or Department of Justice complaints stemming from digital barriers. Being proactive helps us comply with laws and mitigate risks.
- It ensures that we purchase products designed with usability for everyone. Using accessibility standards leads to products with greater ease of use and flexibility. Many essential accessibility features ensure that content is usable across multiple types of devices.