What Is "Web Accessibility"?
Making a Web page "accessible" means
that steps have been taken to ensure that it is usable by people
with disabilities. Universal access to the Web means that all
people, regardless of their physical or developmental abilities
or impairments, have access to Web-based information and services.
Making Web pages accessible is accomplished by designing pages
that allow the effective use of assistive
technologies to access their content.
Why Is Web Accessibility Important at SCC?
Making SCC Web pages universally accessible
ensures that college services,information, and coursematerials
are available toALL students.
Additionally, it has been found that Web pages
designed to be more accessible to people with disabilities,
create an "electronic curb cut" effect. This means
that designing products for accessibility benefits everyone.
For instance, sidewalks with curb cuts are simply better sidewalks.
Universal accessibility to the Web, or "electronic curb-cuts"
can benefit everyone.
This is a wonderful site on Web Accessibility. Explore
any articles of interest to you.
Education Through Assistive Technology
Many people with disabilities who surf the Web use
some type of assistive technology to help them do so.
For example, a blind person may use a screen-reader to
read Web content out loud. This article is an interesting
look at the use of assistive technology in higher education.
Fresno State has created a wonderful 10 minute video called
Web Accessibility For All that
is available to check out in the Learning Resource Center
(10 minutes long).
Ask for video #: NEW 2002 981.
You may also take a look at video
clips on the Web.