Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement

College and University Guidelines, Policies, Processes, and Resources on Web Accessibility

This page lists the information the Johns Hopkins Web Accessibility Committee has collected about the web accessibility initiatives of other institutions, including the activities of the COFHE schools and the policies of other

A similar resource is the Known Campus Statements On Web Accessibility, a collection of policy statements compiled by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh that includes some COFHE schools. WebAIM, Web Accessibility in Mind, also maintains a list of web accessibility policies in postsecondary institutions.

COFHE Schools (Consortium on Financing Higher Education)

Amherst | Barnard | Brown * | Bryn Mawr | Carleton | Columbia * | Cornell | Dartmouth * | Duke | Georgetown | Harvard * | Johns Hopkins | MIT | Mount Holyoke | Northwestern | Oberlin | Pomona | Princeton | Rice | Smith | Stanford * | Swarthmore |

Trinity (Conn.) | U Chicago | U Penn | U Rochester | Washington U | Wellesley | Wesleyan | Yale

* Denotes Ivy Access Initiative participants. Of the COFHE schools, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Stanford joined together in a Universal Design Consortium. The purpose of the initiative was to create a model for implementing Universal Instructional Design. The Ivy Access Initiative web site also discusses Accessible Web Design and Adaptive Technology. The grant-funded activities concluded in September 2003.

  • Amherst College

    Amherst lists Accessibility Features and Issues on the Amherst College Website. The page states:

    Over the 2001-2002 academic year, a focus group studied Web accessibility issues and tested the Amherst site in various screen-readers. The main pages of the site were made more accessible. To address accessibility issues on pages deeper down in the site, the Web designer is working with departments and groups throughout the college, and the Information Technology department is providing training to help people make their pages more accessible.

    Amherst employs a Director of Electronic Communications/Web Designer: Willa Jarnagin. Her website, Willa’s Web Design Central> Make Your Website Accessible, provides useful information and resources on web accessibility.

    The Amherst College Library lists ADA Accessibility measures. Web accessibility measure for the site are not mentioned.

  • Barnard College

    The Office of Disability Services provides basic academic accommodations. Barnard’s ODS has a Section 504/ADA Access Committee page, but this has not been updated for a few years.

    The links page for Aids/Equipments/Technology/Computers provides links to
    various web accessibility and adaptive technology resources.

    No web accessibility policy is posted on Barnard’s website.

  • Brown

    Universal Design Consortium Member School

    Brown University’s Disability
    Support Services
    coordinates services for students with disabilities.
    The website lists the services by type of disability, as well as listing housing
    and a shuttle

    Brown’s Computing and
    Information Services
    offers documentation on Web Page
    . Brown’s Web Publishing
    Policy states:

    Brown Web sites must be in compliance with the ADA and use
    features that make Web pages accessible to disabled users. Information
    providers should consult the resources made available by the Web Accessibility

    Brown’s Web Publishing Central has a resource
    on Web Accessibility
    . It references a service they provide called
    Betsie, which is a filter that automatically generates a text-only version
    of a web page.

  • Bryn
    Mawr College

    The Bryn Mawr Administrative Services lists information on the
    College’s Access
    . The Links
    for Faculty
    page on the Access Services site include sections on
    universal design for instruction, creating accessible web-based
    information, and legal information.

    The Web Site
    on Bryn Mawr’s Computing Services web site states that The
    College is committed to ensuring that its Web site is accessible to people
    with disabilities,
    but it does not elaborate on how to make a Web site
    accessible. Bryn Mawr’s Computing Services has a Web Development
    Department that mentions web accessibility, but the departmental page does
    not describe their practices.

  • Carleton College

    The Disability
    Services for Students
    page provides faculty with a brief
    explanation of disability services and refers them to the Coordinator of
    Academic Accommodations.

    Carleton College’s Web Services
    , which creates web sites for Carleton’s offices, departments,
    and organizations, offers accessibility planning and review services.

    Carleton College’s Web Working Group has posted Carleton’s official
    World Wide Web
    online. Accessibility, when addressed in the document, is
    concerned primarily with browser compatibility. The policy states an
    adherence to HTML 2.0 and requires the use of ALT tags to provide textual
    replacements for images.

  • Columbia University

    Columbia University participated in the Ivy
    Access Initiative, a grant-funded project that concluded in September

    Columbia University
    Office of Disability Services
    provides information about services for
    students with physical or learning disabilities.

    The Columbia Academic Information Systems (AcIS) Computer
    Labs and Clusters
    provide accessible furniture for those with mobility
    or repetitive-stress injuries and adaptive technology for those with
    hearing, visual or learning disabilities.

    The Columbia Libraries and Academic Computing offer Services
    to Persons with Disabilities

  • Cornell

    The Cornell Student
    Disability Services
    website provides information about various
    services. The Accomodations

    page lists available Adaptive Technologies, which include Dragon Naturally
    Speaking, Arkenstone Reader (Ruby Version), Zoom Text Extra, JAWS, Reading
    Edge Reading Machine, Romeo Braille Printer, and TIGER advantage Tactile
    Graphics and Braille Embosser.

    The Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations Access For
    All Program on Employment and Disability
    provides information for
    Employers, Human Resources personnel and others interested in increasing
    their business’ capacity to accommodate people with disabilies. The
    web site also lists assistive technology resources.

    An Astronomy website at
    Cornell has posted an information page about Site Design and

    The Cornell University
    created a Task
    Force on Services for the Disabled
    in 1998. The Task Force’s Final
    is posted online, and includes its recommendations and
    guidelines for the CUL.

    No global web accessibility policy is posted.

  • Dartmouth College

    Universal Design Consortium Member School

    is available online. Dartmouth has established a Section
    504/ADA Committee to ensure its compliance with regulations.

    is the Web Accessibility website for Dartmouth College.
    The Web Access
    is a cross-institutional group with representatives from
    policy-making and publishing divisions on campus. The group’s charge is
    to take steps to ensure that Dartmouth’s Web is accessible to people with

    The Access
    Project team is composed of the Student Disabilities Coordinator and
    representatives from Computing Services. This project team has published
    the Access
    Project Proposal
    , which is very detailed and comprehensive. The
    Proposal is a model for other institutions.

  • Duke

    At Duke, the Disability
    Management System
    is part of the Office for Institutional
    . The Disability Management System provides access to Assistive Technology and
    . (See below.)

    The Office
    of Services for Students with Disabilities
    is also online. This site
    lists Other
    Support Services for Students Registered with OSSD. The assistive
    technology available at Duke’s Academic Resource Center includes:
    assistive listening devices, Kurzweil 3000, Dragon Naturally Speaking,
    and Zoom Text.

    The Duke University Libraries
    website provides a page on Designing
    Accessible Web Pages and information on Library Services
    for Persons with Disabilities

    The Arts and Sciences Universal
    Web Site Guidelines
    are available online. The web accessibility
    guidelines are based on W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

  • Georgetown University

    Georgetown GUide
    provides leadership regarding the Web and related
    technologies at Georgetown University.

    Georgetown’s minimum standards, core recommendations, and extended
    recommendations for institutional websites are presented on the technology

    page of the GUide Committee’s online Web Style Manual.

  • Harvard University

    Universal Design Consortium Member School

    The Harvard College Library offers information on Services for Persons with

    An article
    in the Harvard University Gazette announced the workshops held in 2001 for
    Harvard’s Webmasters to learn about accessibility. Harvard had a web
    accessibility standards web site, but it seems to have been removed.

  • Johns Hopkins

    The Web Development Guidelines Subcommittee of the Institutional
    Computing Standards Committee has included a page on Section 508 in the Web Development

    The Web Accessibility Committee recently hosted a Web Accessibility
    Mini-Conference, and a web site
    of accessibility resources
    is now available.

  • Massachusetts
    Institute of Technology

    MIT has an online Disabilities Services

    accessibility policies related to software and web-based applications

    state that:

    MIT is
    committed to providing equal access to information technology in
    accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation of 1973 and the
    Americans with Disabilities Act. This commitment ensures that MIT
    Web-based products, software, online documentation, and library resources
    will be accessible to users with disabilities. Developers and purchasers
    need to take accessibility features into account in the design or purchase
    process using checklists shown below. The checklists apply to software
    and web based products to be used in administration and services, courses
    of instruction, departmental programs and Institute sponsored

    MIT’s Adaptive
    Technology for Information and Computing (ATIC) Lab
    provides a variety
    of Adaptive
    Technology Tools

    This site includes MIT’s Web and
    Software Accessibility Policies and Guidelines
    . This page contains
    links to the developer
    , web
    products checklist

    software purchase checklist, and web accessibility guidelines.

    MIT points to a side-by-side comparison
    of the Section 508 Standards and the Priority 1 checkpoints of the Web
    Content Accessibility Guidelines.

    Link to
    President Vest and other college presidents

    MIT’s Academic Web Page Creation Guide addresses Accessibility and
    Legal Issues. Note: The Web Guide is no longer being maintained,
    now that MIT is using the Stellar Course Management System.

    MIT’s Office of Academic Services provides a Web Writer’s Toolkit with
    a page of accessibility

  • Mount Holyoke College

    Mount Holyoke has a Disability
    office online. A Kurzweil Reading Machine located at UMass
    is available for student access.

    The Office of Curriculum
    Support and Instructional Technology provides a site on Adaptive
    Technology and Higher Education
    . This page is primarily a resource
    site, and does not contain policy or specific guidelines for Mt.

  • Northwestern University

    Northwestern’s Department of University Relations Office of Web
    , among its other functions, provides guidance and/or
    assistance in creating University Web pages. The office oversees the Web
    Steering Committee

    The Northwestern University Web Communications Standards include Accessibility

  • Oberlin

    New info:

    Services for Students with Disabilities: The office of

    Student Academic
    coordinates services to students with disabilities, working
    with faculty and administration, to meet students’ needs and ensure
    compliance with federal ADA guidelines.

    Library Accessibility Information: Library staff will
    attempt to accommodate the special needs of its users who identify
    themselves as disabled, differently abled, or specially challenged and
    will provide assistance that overcomes barriers to accomplishing tasks
    in the Library that most users can do for themselves. Such users are
    responsible for notifying the library staff of their special needs and
    are encouraged to do so, in order to allow us to better accommodate
    these needs.

    Found nothing specific on web access or committee.

    Old info:

    is a web design resource center for Oberlin College. It
    provides an Oberlin
    College Standards
    page and Guidelines
    for Academic Departmental Design
    . The page Accessibility
    for Oberlin Online
    provides information on making websites

  • Pomona

    The Office of
    develops and supports Websites for the College’s
    administrative departments and a growing number of academic departments.
    Our goal is to present a consistent, comprehensive and high-quality Web
    experience for both external and internal users.

  • Princeton University

    The only new documentation of Web accessibility or Web standards that
    was found is a Power Point Presentation simply titled Web
    . It has just a couple of slides with detailed notes about

    Princeton’s OIT Academic Services web site has an accessibility
    . The statement describes the site’s compliance with
    accessibility guidelines and provides links to a number of resources for
    making web sites accessible. Academic Services’ accessibility
    statement is still available, last modified May 2004.

    Princeton has a Web Strategy
    Task Force
    which posts meeting minutes and other documents

    online. It has five working groups: Outreach
    and Assessment
    ; Policy;
    and Standards
    ; Home
    ; and Transactions.
    Info on Web Strategy Task Force still available, but not modified
    since July 2001.

    The Policy Task Force supplies a draft of a Values
    and Policies
    document (.doc format). The draft states the intent to
    legal standards (including accessibility requirements), and to require
    that each course, academic department/program, and administrative office
    maintain a website that meets certain standards and to provide the means
    to meet these standards. (This draft does not specify standards.)

    Draft of the Value and Policies Document still available, but not
    updated since July 2001. No new documents available from this work

    The Design and Standards Task Force provides a draft of
    its Final
    (.doc format). The Primary Recommendation is to
    Create a Web Page Registry to index all “official” Princeton University
    pages; the Secondary Recommendation is to Create a Web Page Typology;
    other Global Recommendation are included. The example typology provided
    identifies Type A pages as web pages for the world (pages accessible by
    the public) such as the Princeton Home Page. Specific recommendations for
    Type A pages are: 1) Compliance with conformance level A of the WAI
    standards, 2) Coding in HTML 4.0, 3) No use of plugins or any other
    objects requiring separate downloads, 4) Some kind of server
    specifications—e.g., that the server which hosts the page be on a
    UPS. Draft of the Value and Policies Document still available, but not
    updated since July 2001. No new documents available from this work

    Princeton’s Library system
    web site does not provide any information about accessibility policy or
    services for patrons with disabilities. However, the website does fall
    under Official University Websites, and would be required to adhere to the
    Web Strategy Force policies. I couldn’t find any information
    about accessibility of the library Web site.

  • Rice

    The online Rice Disability Support
    has a page providing basic information about accessibility
    issues in Web
    , but no mandatory policy. The Web Design page does state that
    The federal government and the state of Texas now require official
    sites to be designed in such a way as to ensure accessibility by all
    The Campus Access page
    lists the services provided, including wheelchair accessible buildings and
    technologies, and an adaptive technology workstation.

    This workstation is located in the Fondren Library. Available
    equipment includes a computer with image enlarging software, voice-input
    software, an OPTELEC closed circuit TV, and a Kurzweil 3000 scan and read

    In October 2004, Disability Support Services, the Fondren Library, and
    Public Affairs co-sponsored an Accessibility Internet Rally. According to
    Rice’s division of Information Technology, the rally’s purpose was to
    promote awareness and offer education regarding web accessibility by
    disabled individuals.

    Rice’s School of Continuing
    offers a six-hour course, Introduction to Website

  • Smith

    Smith has an online Office of
    Disability Services.
    The Disability Services Policy
    page does not mention web accessibility. The Office of Disability
    Services still does not mention access to the Web or technology.

    The Smith
    ITS Adaptive Technology Lab
    is located in the Neilson Library.

    Library Disabilities Services also lists accommodations for wheelchair
    access, TDD, and off-campus access to databases. The adaptive
    technology lab is still available along with other services.

    The Smith College Resources for Web Developers site lists the school’s
    World Wide Web
    , which does not specifically mention accessibility issues. The
    Design Guidelines
    section and the Accessibility page
    offer suggestions for making pages usable and accessible. Doing a
    search for web accessibility brought up the Accessibility
    Guidelines and Recommendations
    page in the Resources for Web
    Development site. This page provides suggestions, but not policy.
    There is another page titled World Wide Web Policy which outlines
    their Web policies, but does not include any mention of Web
    accessibility. It looks like none of this has changed much.

  • Stanford University

    Stanford has a Web site dedicated to Web accessibility, Web
    Accessibility Best Practice
    . The site includes
    the following sub-sections: Stanford and Web Accessibility, Core
    Concepts, How-To Guide, Tools and Training, and contact which offers
    sources for additional information and help at Stanford. It is well
    written and organized. I did not see anything presented as policy.
    They appear to be presenting guidelines, but the site emphasizes that
    accessible Web sites are required by law.

    I also found numerous references to Web accessibility on the
    Computing and IT Web sites. In most cases these references contained a
    link to the Web development page listed above. One particularly good
    reference is the article titled The
    Hidden Benefits of Accessible Web

    The Office of Judicial Affairs also provides information on developing
    accessible interfaces. The page, Interface
    , covers both the why and the how of Web accessibility.

    Universal Design Consortium Member School

    Stanford has a Disability
    Resource Center
    , which is changing its name to the Office of
    Accessible Education. The Disability Resource Center provides links to Assistive
    Technology Resources and Services
    . These resources and services
    include an Assistive Learning Technology Center and an Alternative Format
    Production Facility. Though this office appears to have changed its
    name, the site does not include the new name and probably hasn’t been
    updated since it was last checked.

    The web-creators group at Stanford has posted a page: Making
    Web Pages Accessible
    with rationale for accessibility, guidelines, and
    resources. There is no campus wide policy requiring that these guidelines
    be followed, but the page does ask if Stanford should adopt a policy
    requiring all administrative and academic materials that are e-distributed
    be accessible. This page is still available, but has not been updated
    since September 2001.

    The Stanford University Library
    User Services has a Services
    for Users with Disabilities
    page which lists accommodations and
    services. This page still exists and was last updated June 23,

  • Swarthmore College

    No updates since July 2002.

    The Swarthmore Office of the Deans Student Life page for Students
    with Disabilities
    provides contact information for the Dean in charge
    of providing accomodations and a link to Guidelines
    for Accessing Accommodations, a page describing Swarthmore policy on
    Students with Disabilities.

    The Equal Opportunity Office’s page for Student
    Disability Support Services
    provides only the name, office, and phone
    number for the Coordinator of Support Services for Students with

    The Information Technology Services page on Disability
    states only the intent to “provide support and advice for
    students with disabilities.” and instructs the reader to call a number for

    The library website
    does not list web accessibility policy or information for patrons with

  • Trinity College (Conn.)

    The Disability
    of Trinity College’s Dean of Students Office page has a list
    of suggested web design guidelines (From World Wide Access: Accessible
    Web Design, DO-IT, a University of Washington site. The link to this site
    is broken.) These are merely guidelines and not policy.

    This site offers further explanation of the ADA Policy &
    Definitions as well as a rather in depth overview of Trinity’s Policy,
    Services, and procedures for students with disabilities. They also
    provide flowchart for accommodation and a faculty guide to accommodating
    students with disabilities.

    The resources section provides a link to A.H.E.A.D. but the link to Do-It is

    Trinity College Computing Center provides a page with Some
    Ways to Make Your Site Accessible
    (suggestions only), and a list of
    links to accessibility resources, inlcuding links to W3C and

    The library web
    site discusses services
    for patrons with disabilities, but does not mention web

  • University of Chicago

    New info:

    are addressed in the Office of the Vice President and Dean of
    Students in the University.

    The University does not have a comprehensive program oriented wholly
    towards educating students with disabilities, but strives to be supportive
    of the academic, personal, and work-related needs of each individual and
    is committed to helping those with disabilities become full participants
    in the life of the University.

    Students with disabilities should contact their area dean of students
    and the Associate Dean of Students in the University.

    University of Chicago Web Access Initiative

    The University of Chicago Web site has a Web Resources section. The
    page links to the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative.

    Old info:

    The University of Chicago web design
    standards page
    says that web design standards at U Chicago are
    flexible. They offer web templates but apparently don’t require their
    use. Their web resources page offers a list of
    online resources
    that includes links to the W3C and WAI.

    U Chicago’s Divisions seem to have come up with their own approaches.
    The Division of Biological Sciences has a guide, Getting
    Started with Accessibility and Universal Design
    . The guide is
    basically an annotated list of links to resources including accessibility
    guidelines, how-to sites, validation tools, user agents, policies, and
    miscellaneous resources. Some of the validators they offer look quite
    interesting (WAVE, Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer).

    The Humanities division had a web guide that included minimum standards, main audiences, suggestions for creation
    and maintenance, and a page on accessibility that briefly describes
    Section 508 and offers simplified techniques adapted from the W3C Web
    Content Accessibility Guidelines. However, this web guide does not
    appear to be available anymore.

    The library
    website does not list a web accessibility policy or information for
    patrons with disabilities.

  • University
    of Pennsylvania

    The University of Pennsylvania’s Office of
    Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs
    web site does not
    address web accessibility.

    Penn has a Web
    Style Guide
    with a brief statement on accessibility and links to
    accessibility resources.

    Penn’s library web site
    talks about services
    for patrons with disabilities
    , but it does not specifically address
    web accessibility.

  • University of Rochester

    The web site of the Rochester libraries does not address
    web accessibility or services for persons with disabilities, but Access Rochester, a university
    site on disability resources includes a page listing equipment that the
    libraries have on hand for patrons with vision or hearing impairments.

    The Access Rochester page
    provides a lot of information about disability services available at
    Rochester, i.e. Library Services (including specialized equipment),

    Guidelines for
    , and other University
    , i.e. awareness resources, braille resources, assistive
    devices, etc.

    The University of Rochester Medical Center’s web-based
    courseware application, Prometheus,
    claims to be compliant with level-one accessibility guidelines.
    The link for Prometheus is broken.

  • Washington

    Washington University has an online Disability Resource
    . This site includes a list of assistive technologies available
    to students. It does not talk about web accessibility.

    The university’s publication style guide has an appendix for web
    site development. It includes one paragraph encouraging developers to
    “Strive to comply with full accessibility guidelines,” and references to
    the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative and Bobby.

    Washington University’s library has a page on services for
    disabled library users
    that mentions wheelchair accessibility and a
    Kurzweil Reading Machine.

  • Wellesley College

    Wellesley College is private. Wellesley College has a Campus Wide
    Information System handbook
    that contains a link for content providers to their guidelines on Designing
    For Accessibility
    . The handbook contains an extensive listing of
    accessibility links, e.g., for Section 508, W3C, Bobby, Vischeck, for more
    specific information.

    The Wellesley policy statement on disability is found on the
    Disability Services at Wellesley College page as a Guide.

  • Wesleyan University

    The Wesleyan Web site does not contain a policy statement on web
    accessibility. The page containing an Overview of Wesleyan’s
    Web Services
    mentions accessibility in the links describing the
    various types of web sites, technologies and services on offered on
    campus. One of these is a link to their Usability Lab, but
    no separate, distinct, emphasis is placed on accessibility, Section 508,

  • Yale

    Yale’s Web site does not contain an accessibility statement. Under
    Information Technology Services, Academic Media and Technology, is a page
    on Designing
    Accessible Web Pages for the Yale Web Space
    . The page directs the
    visitor to more detailed information regarding guidelines and


    The Yale Dramatic Association web site offers an Accessibility

    In a document on Services
    for Persons with Disabilities
    , the Yale University Library includes a
    policy and guidelines for web accessibility.

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