University Communicators Guide

Web Accessibility

What Is Web Accessibility?

Web accessibility is simply creating websites that everyone can use!

It is a commitment to barrier-free sites and web apps that help people with disabilities navigate, understand, perceive, and interact with the web. The disabilities addressed by web accessibility include physical, visual, auditory, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities. Web accessibility can also benefit people without documented disabilities (ex., older people with vision challenges, people on mobile devices, or students with different learning styles).

What Is the Campus Doing?

All the materials on the campus web and University-affiliated sites must be accessible to all audiences. To reduce our risk of liability—and to ensure that all our students can access our information—Web Services strictly enforces federal and CSU Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) requirements for the campus web.

For more information, see our Campus Web Accessibility Plan.

What Do Content Maintainers Need to Do?

Campus website owners and maintainers are responsible for the content accessibility and overall quality of their sites (see the Campus Web Site-Maintainers Agreement).

Using the Cascade Web Content Management System will ensure that you start with an accessible framework—the rest is up to you! If you have a site in Campus Web 3.0, you will receive a monthly report from Siteimprove showing you content issues with your site that you are responsible for fixing.

The Accessibility section of this style guide provides resources and quick tips for content maintainers. If you are still stuck, the tutorials in the Web Accessibility category of the Website Design and Support Knowledge Base will help with content- and multimedia-specific issues. Web Services will also help site maintainers via our Accessible Content tickets or our walk-in lab (hours can be found on the Web Services home page).