Web Accessibility

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Web Accessibility
Accessible websites are used effectively and for the same purpose by a person with a disability as by a person without. A disability is a mental or physical condition that hinders a person's senses, movements, or activities.

Accessibility Defined

Accessibility is the degree to how much is available or accessible on a website or application to people with different types of disabilities. An accessible web page is a web page that can be used as effectively and for the same purpose by a person with a disability as by a person without a disability.

True Test: Can people with disabilities use your web page?

Disability Defined

A disability is a mental or physical condition that hinders a person's senses, movements, or activities.


Types of disabilities

  • Auditory
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Motor/Physical
  • Speech
  • Visual
    (including blind, low vision, and color blind)

Other factors that could impact the usability of your site:

  • Eyes or Hands busy
  • Noisy Environment
  • No Speakers
  • Old Browser
  • Slow Internet Connection
  • Small Display (smart phone, tablet)

Why is accessibility important?

  • Websites that are accessible are more user-friendly than those that are not designed with accessibility in mind
  • People will be more likely to return to your website if they had a good experience
  • Users with disabilities will be able to experience the website similarly to the way that those without disabilities can
  • Traffic to your site will increase
  • By making your website accessible, search engines will have an easier time finding the site, which in turn increases traffic to the site

Request a Scan or Review


Email accessibility-assessments@utlists.utexas.edu to request a WorldSpace scan for your web site, or an accessibility review for your application.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday Nov. 26
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1 to 2:30 p.m.
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ITS offers a variety of services to assist faculty, staff, and students in creating a web presence. Event Details

Tuesday Dec. 3
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1 to 2:30 p.m.
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ITS offers a variety of services to assist faculty, staff, and students in creating a web presence. Event Details

Tuesday Dec. 10
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ITS offers a variety of services to assist faculty, staff, and students in creating a web presence. Event Details

Tuesday Dec. 17
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1 to 2:30 p.m.
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ITS offers a variety of services to assist faculty, staff, and students in creating a web presence. Event Details

Tuesday Jan. 7, 2020
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1 to 2:30 p.m.
FAC 327

ITS offers a variety of services to assist faculty, staff, and students in creating a web presence. Event Details