“I wish for a world that views disability, mental or physical, not as a hindrance but as unique attributes that can be seen as powerful assets if given the right opportunities.” — Oliver Sacks
Western Washington University seeks to provide an environment in which every individual has an opportunity to learn, work, and contribute, and where full inclusion and respect for all people encourages creativity and productivity. When information technology, including web content, is inaccessible, it has an adverse impact on people with disabilities.
Therefore, Western is committed to providing full equal access to all its programs and activities and this includes ensuring that people with disabilities can utilize its website and other digital materials. You can read more about Western’s commitment at WWU Notice Regarding Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities.
This page outlines progress made and plans for the future, regarding Western’s digital accessibility initiative.
There are a number of accomplishments that Western has achieved related to accessibility in the areas of awareness, training, and auditing.
Accessibility awareness efforts on campus include:
- Cross campus training on how to create accessible PDFs — the original training filled a 45 person computer lab leading to the establishment of a quarterly professional development training on PDF creation
- Top 10 frequently accessed PDF Google Analytics dashboard component
- 3 Interactive video caption training sessions offered to campus
- Video caption guidelines published that all WWU videos must be captioned
- Accessibility statement deployed on all websites and required for all new webpages
- Worked on raising developer awareness of accessibility as well as how to address the issues with articles, best practices, and code samples on the WebTech website.
- Audio description provided for ABCD Cards app promotional video
Rolled out a basic accessibility training on the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) to over 190 employees, and counting, who work with or publish web content. In-person training is also provided.
An initial accessibility evaluation of WWU websites and related web properties has been completed.
Actions Planned Calendar
Note: These deadlines may be adjusted to account for unexpected events that may have an impact on our accessibility efforts. We will do our best to inform of any changes as necessary and update this calendar to reflect those changes.
- Continual evaluation of website accessibility
- Remediating sitewide issues or single page fixes
- Training in document and media accessibility practices to campus staff
- Send all relevant stakeholders assessment of content and report listing steps to take towards making existing web and digital assets accessible.
- Implement interim plan for making new content accessible (dependent on receiving approval from stakeholders).
February through April 2018
- SiteImprove training to staff working with or publishing web content, so recommended accessibility remediation can occur.
- Send finalized plan for making new content accessible to relevant stakeholders.
- All issues outlined in web accessibility audit are fixed.