The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to the principle that all users, regardless of device or ability, should be able to fully experience our online presence. Toward this goal, we work to ensure that all of the content — text, images, audio, and video — we create or host for divisions of the College meets WCAG 2.0 guidelines.
What This Site Is
Developed by the A&S Office of Educational Technology (eTech), this website describes the specific measures we’re taking to make our web content accessible to WCAG 2.0’s A and AA levels. It outlines a schedule for making necessary changes. It describes our processes, resources, and tools for assessing accessibility and solving accessibility and usability problems. And, because web technology and the devices for accessing it change constantly, we offer users a way to report accessibility and usability problems they discover on our divisions’ pages.
Our primary focus is web accessibility — explaining the practices departments should adopt to make their websites accessible and mobile-friendly. A secondary focus is on helping our faculty be proactive, rather than reactive, in making their course materials fully accessible.
We encourage our faculty, staff, and students to participate in this process by reporting problems, giving feedback, and telling us when they encounter (or anticipate) an accessibility challenge with courses and other activities of the College.
What This Site Is Not
The University already has an excellent resource in accessibility.ua.edu. We do not want to duplicate that site’s content, and we urge our faculty and staff to consult it for information about accessibility and evolving UA policies on accessibility. We visit it regularly ourselves.
But our college faces accessibility challenges most other UA divisions aren’t likely to encounter often. We offer courses in art, music, math, geography, foreign languages, and many other disciplines that, as a core component of their activities, use media that pose unique accessibility problems. We wanted to provide a how-to resource for solving those problems as well as best practices faculty and staff can take to start improving the accessibility of their materials.