St. Edward's University is committed to ensuring that every member of our community has access to resources available on the web. The Office of Information Technology offers resources on creating accessible web content.
St. Edward's University Web Accessibility Guidelines
Based on current guidance from regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, which enforces the Americans with Disabilities Act, organizations are encouraged to use the World Wide Web Consortium’s WCAG 2.0 Level AA technical requirements as a guide for digital accessibility. These guidelines are the most widely accepted web accessibility requirements, and the university will adopt these standards for the development of new curriculum and other education tools moving forward.
Why Accessibility Matters
- According to the 2017 Disability Statistics Annual Report, 12.8% of the people living in the US have a disability.
- In 2017–18, the number of students ages 3–21 who received special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was 7.0 million, or 14 percent of all public school students. (Children and Youth with Disabilities)
- Universal design means designing for everyone. Accommodations for a student with visual disabilities such as captions on a video also benefit students with cognitive disabilities and students for whom English is a second language.
Resources for Creating Accessible ContentWe take web accessibility seriously at St. Edward's because we're committed to providing an inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff. Below are some resources to help you learn about accessibility and how to make your materials available to everyone.
- WCAG 2.0 Checklist: This is the full standard. It can be a bit daunting so you may want to start with a more specific resource such as the Canvas, PowerPoint or Word guide, depending on what type of content you are creating.
- WebAIM's Accessibility Checklist: This checklist goes through the entire WCAG checklist with helpful annotations and links.
- Accessibility for Web Design from LinkedIn Learning: This 2-hour course goes through the basics.
- Making course materials in Canvas accessible: This short guide focuses on the things to think about as you create materials in Canvas.
- Making PowerPoints Accessible
- Making Word Documents Accessible
- G Suite for Education Accessibility Resources