What is Accessibility?

Use this section to increase your base knowledge of what, why, and how accessibility takes form.

What is Digital Accessibility?

  • Developing content – PowerPoints, websites, Word documents, etc – in a way that people with disabilities can successfully use them just as well as a non-disabled person.

Why Should I Think About Accessibility?

  • Everyone, regardless of who they are or their specific scenario, is welcome at Tufts and deserves accommodation and equal access to all of Tufts content.
  • It’s Tufts policy (and in some cases, the law).

Is it a Lot of Work?

  • It’s not! Many of the guidelines are basic things you should be doing already, like putting alt text on images.
  • There are checklists made for you – you just need to follow them.
    • Here is WCAG’s official list.
    • Each section on this website has guidelines for you to look at.
    • To get started as a web developer, try this one page checklist that you can print and hang up. (Note: this checklist meets WCAG’s “A” standard, which is the absolute minimum required for a website to be considered accessible – it is not a complete list, but it does have the most frequent oversights found at Tufts).

Are There Side Benefits?

Yes! Accessibility helps everyone, not just people with disabilities.

  • On the subway or in a loud cafe? Transcripts and captions help people watch videos in places where they can’t get the audio.
  • Looking at a scanned textbook and want to find a specific section? Accessible PDFs let students quickly search and find what they’re working on.
  • Need to see a chart, but your internet isn’t good enough for the picture to load? Alt text will describe the image instead.
  • Want to drive traffic to Tufts websites? Adding page titles and alt text increases SEO.

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