Information Technology and Services (ITS) offers a variety of resources for using technology to ensure accessibility for all members of the Syracuse University community.
8 Reasons Information Professionals Should Care About Accessibility outlines how using technology to create accessible course materials, presentations, events, documents, web sites and online resources relates directly to the central mission of both the University and information technology. And in IT Accessibility: What Campus Leaders Have to Say, university presidents and IT leaders discuss how ensuring accessibility benefits all stakeholders in higher education.
Below are links to local and Internet resources to help your organization ensure it uses technology appropriately and provides accessibility.
Accessible classrooms, presentations and events
ITS’ LEMP group is SU’s hub for accessible classroom and public presentations, including real-time captioning of events, sign language interpretation services, assisted listening devices, and media captioning.
Accessible library resources
Syracuse University Libraries is committed to providing all SU students, faculty and staff equitable access to the library resources and services they require for their academic and research needs. The libraries provide a range of services for individuals who may require assistance or specific tools in order to access and use those resources and services.
Accessible desktop documents
Microsoft Office 2010 provides easy-to-use tools and online resources for ensuring documents fit basic usability standards.
Apple maintains a listing of first- and third-party accessibility tools and guidelines for its OS X operating system.
The ADOD project offers step-by-step accessibility guides for many office programs, including Windows, Mac and Google Drive software.
WebAIM and Adobe resources for ensuring PDF accessibility.
Using InDesign to make accessible PDFs and other documents
Accessible websites and online resources
WebAIM is a collection of articles that serves as an online primer for Web accessibility.
WAVE, by WebAIM, is a free tool for testing a website’s usability level for blind and hard-of-sight users.
W3C, the Internet authority over domain names, provides a long list of resources for building disability-friendly Web pages.
W3C also offers a specific set of guidelines for making the Web easier to browse, both for users with disabilities and users in general.
Total Validator is free tool for Windows, OSX and Linux for validating accessibility against the WCAG (1.0 and 2.0) and the US Section 508 standards. Also validates HTML against the W3C Markup Standards, checks for broken links, and spell checks in several languages.
Color Oracle is a free color blindness simulator for Windows, Mac and Linux. It takes the guesswork out of designing for color blindness by showing you in real time what people with common color vision impairments will see.
Acquisition of Electronic or Information Technology Services or Products
ITS requires that any electronic or information technology services or products for which they contract comply with standards for Web-based intranet and internet information and applications set forth in Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Version 2.0 Level AA.Questions or comments? Contact ITS firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 443-2677.
Syracuse University has established the Disability Cultural Center (DCC) to coordinate campus-wide social, educational, and cultural activities on disability issues for students, faculty, staff, and community members with and without disabilities.
Check out their new inclusive events planning guide, available for download as an accessible PDF!