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Accessibility

What is Accessibility?
"Accessibility is the degree to which a product, device, program, service, resource, or environment is available to a given user.  If a building on campus has a wheelchair ramp leading to its main entrance, that entrance is accessible to wheelchair users."

Excerpt from the University of Washington website:  Accessible Technology - Getting Started with Accessibility.

What is Accessible technology?
"Accessible technology is technology that has been designed in a way so that it can be accessed by all users. This includes electronic documents, websites, software, hardware, video, audio, and other technologies. People who interact with technology are extremely diverse. They have a wide variety of characteristics, and we cannot assume that they’re all using a traditional monitor for output, or keyboard and mouse for input."

Excerpt from the University of Washington website:  Accessible Technology - Getting Started with Accessibility

Why is Accessible technology important?
The DORS mission is to maximize opportunities for people in Connecticut with disabilities to live, learn and work independently.  Access is an essential component of this work, and our goal with this page is to provide resources and tips on how to meet your responsibility for ensuring access. You will find tips on how to create accessible technology, such as Word documents, PDFs and websites to ensure all users have access to the information you provide.

Below are a variety of resources and tips for creating accessible technology:

Word Documents
WebAim's Microsoft Word: Creating Accessible Documents
WebAim's Word: Accessibility Checker
University of Washington: Creating Accessible Word Documents

PDFs and PDF Forms
WebAim's PDF: PDF Accessibility article
WebAim's PDF Forms: Accessible Forms in Acrobat
University of Washington: Creating Accessible PDFs from Microsoft Word

Websites
University of Washington: Developing Accessible Websites
ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments: Website Accessibility Chapter 5

Overview
University of Washington: Overview of Accessible Documents

Microsoft Office
Did you know Microsoft Office offers built in accessibility features? Learn how to use them by following this link - What Accessibility Features Windows Offers and clicking on "Ease of Access."
 
PowerPoint
This article outlines how to can make PowerPoint files more accessible on the web: