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Our mission at Gallaudet University is to make a more accessible web space for our staff, our students, and our visitors.
One in four adults in the United States has a disability that impacts their ability to interact with the online world (CDC opens a new window, August 16, 2018). At Gallaudet University, we strive to ensure that everything we create or add to our website is usable by people of all abilities.
We have structured our website to allow those of all abilities to easily and quickly find the information they need.
Our site follows Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1 Level AA Success Criteria (and where possible Level AAA) opens a new window and the latest ICT Refresh (Section 508) guidelines opens a new window as they apply to the web as our primary goal. These guidelines include internationally agreed-upon standards and ICT Refresh Compliance Criteria that cover a wide range of recommendations and best practices for making content more accessible and ADA Compliant opens a new window. As new content and pages are created for our website. We apply these guidelines to all our designs, code, and content as new content and pages are created for our website.
Testing of our website is performed by accessibility experts using industry-standard tools such as AXE Accessibility opens a new window, WAVE opens a new window, NVDA Screen Reader opens a new window, Colour Contrast Analyser (CCA) opens a new window, additional browser extensions like Headings Map (verify page content structure) opens a new window, and keyboard-only navigation techniques.
The following is a list of components and functions meant to improve our site’s accessibility:
Gallaudet University is committed to accessibility across our websites for everyone, including individuals with disabilities. To report a problem or to request an accommodation to access online materials, information, resources and/or services, please contact us.
In your message, include the website address or URL and the specific problems you have encountered. You will receive a reply as soon as possible.
This website, Gallaudet University Website, located at www.gallaudet.edu, has been tested for and remediated to the latest WCAG 2.1 and Revised Section 508 Standards. This was intended to provide an enhanced user experience, and although extensive, this shouldn’t be considered as an exhaustive list for improving accessibility and user experience. As the website gets more traffic, it is highly recommended to collect feedback from users to discover additional pain points, usability issues, and future improvements.
The focus of this Audit and Remediation is based on testing compliance with WCAG 2.1 criteria, Section 508 Refresh, ADA Compliance, and overall accessibility of the website to users with disabilities and their Assistive Technology (AT).
The site pages were tested with Color and Evaluation tools, multiple browsers, and a screen reader against WCAG 2.1 criteria, ADA Compliance, and Section 508 Refresh Standards. This includes both automated and manual procedures.
Overall, the website is within compliance with WCAG 2.0/2.1 Level A and Level AA Standards as well as Revised Section 508 as of this date, October 5, 2022, by an Accessibility Expert, Matthew Dempsey opens a new window.
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