GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

Accessibility Programs In Academic Community

Many academic entities offer a wide array of expertise and opportunity for enhancing the implementation of Section 508.

  • Learn about the web accessibility initiatives of other institutions.
  • Join in collaboration and knowledge transfer amongst your peers.
  • See different ways to provide tools and training for students and staff.
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California State University Accessible Technology Initiative
Automated evaluation tools only check things that can be evaluated by a computer. These definitely do not include the human factors that are contained here. Even looking at human factors cannot guarantee accessibility for every possible user, but following this procedure will certainly represent a good-faith effort to make a page or site as accessible as possible today.

California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Center on Disabilities
CSUN is committed to providing outstanding student services. CSUN disseminates information to students with disabilities and to those who provide services to people with disabilities through training programs, conferences, workshops, seminars, and electronic media. The Center also conducts applications-oriented research as a means of improving the lives of persons with disabilities and the professional skills of those who work with them.

Gallaudet University's Technology Access Project
The Technology Access Project features research, services, and technology involving communications, telecommunications, and the deaf. The Gallaudet Research Institute conducts research projects in many areas involving deafness and deaf people.

Georgia Tech Center for Rehabilitation Technology
The primary mission of is to provide increased access to information on assistive technology devices, services, and other disability-related resources for people with disabilities and the general public. The is also provides online information on adaptive environments and community resources.

Illinois Center for Information Technology Accessibility (iCITA)
The Illinois Center for Information Technology Accessibility supports the development of best practices to improve the accessibility of web based resources based on Section 508, W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act. iCITA also develops tools to support the evaluation of web resources for accessibility features and accessible authoring tools to make it easier for people to create accessible web resources.

Johns Hopkins University
This page lists the information the Johns Hopkins Web Accessibility Committee has collected about the web accessibility initiatives of other institutions.

Michigan State University, Usability and Accessibility Center (UAC)
The Center's primary goal is to provide leadership in evaluating and understanding the usability and accessibility of new interface technology, especially for persons with disabilities. The UAC provides heuristic reviews, accessibility evaluations, user testing, focus group facilitation, user centered design (UCD) consulting, training, and educational outreach. UAC clients include higher education, state and Federal Government, and private and public corporations. The Center's state-of-the-art facilities (training, focus group and usability lab) are also available for rental.

Rochester Institute of Technology, Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research
CAIR (pronounced care) is a research center in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences at RIT, bringing together researchers working on computer accessibility and assistive technology for people with disabilities, technology for older adults, and educational technologies.

Stanford University, The Archimedes Project
The Archimedes Project Total Access System seeks to promote equal access to information for individuals with disabilities by influencing the early design stages of tomorrow's computer-based technologies.

The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
CAST is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to expand opportunities for people with disabilities through innovative uses of computer technology. CAST pursues this mission through research, product development, and model educational programs that further universal design for learning.

The Ohio State University Web Accessibility Center
Some people with disabilities cannot access much of the World Wide Web. For example, without modification users who are blind often cannot access, navigate, and interpret pages that use a graphical interface; people who are deaf or hard of hearing cannot understand video or auditory material; and computer interfaces, like the mouse, can make maneuvering web pages difficult for people with physical disabilities or repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Fortunately, many of these problems can be overcome when web media is created with accessibility in mind. To help its web authors create such accessible media, The Ohio State University created the Web Accessibility Center, the WAC. The goal of the WAC is to make the Web useable worldwide.

University of Washington, DO- IT
Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) and The Center for Universal Design at the University of Washington provide programs, resources and information on the areas of accessible web design, adaptive technology and universal design in order to maximize the independence, productivity and participation of people with disabilities.

University of Wisconsin, Trace Research and Development Center
The Trace Center is a nonprofit research center that focuses on making off-the- shelf technologies and systems such as computers, the Internet, and information kiosks more accessible for everyone through the process known as universal, or accessible, design. Trace's mission is in great part funded through the NIDRR, Department of Education. Trace is designated as the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Information Technology Access. Trace has been widely regarded for many years as the leading research, development, and resource center in the area of access to computers by people with disabilities.

Utah State University, Web Accessibility in Mind (Webaim)
Webaim's goals is to improve accessibility to online learning opportunities for all people, in particular to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities who currently may have difficulty accessing postsecondary online learning opportunities. Webaim offers various "How To" information and support on creating accessible web sites. Web authors can find a Section checklist, sample HTML markup and various articles and courses on accessible web design.