Digital Access Matters

Why Digital Accessibility is Important

  • Digital accessibility significantly affects everyday lives. More people are continually using assistive technology, for example:
    • A person with a vision disability needs to use the zoom feature to enlarge text on a tablet.
    • An accessible website allows for customizable text to ensure usability.
    • A person with a learning disability such as dyslexia uses a more accessible font or a tool to read content aloud. A person with a hearing disability requires captions to understand the information provided in videos.
  • Digital accessibility 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, our online resources and courses must have the necessary accessibility features. When we plan for accessibility, we ensure everyone has the same opportunity to enjoy the benefits of our world-class research university.
  • Digital accessibility is a civil right required by law. When web content isn’t accessible, people with disabilities encounter difficulties accessing information equally. Being proactive not only ensures inclusivity, which is paramount but also reduces the risk of potential litigation.
  • Digital accessibility means products are designed for universal usability. Adhering to accessibility standards results in products that offer greater ease of use and adaptability. Incorporating key accessibility features guarantees content usability across various devices.

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Explore the resources below to discover the meaning of accessibility, how to foster respect and inclusivity for people of all abilities, and why it’s crucial for technology and materials to be accessible to everyone.

Explore Training Resources for additional training materials.