Online accessibility page aids site users and campus developers

An accessibility page linked from Carolina’s home page contains resources for site users and for campus web developers.

The page, which is linked from the bottom of www,unc.edu, also includes updates to UNC online accessibility policies.

Site visitors will find tips for the best experience accessing the University’s homepage and related sites, such as reminders to use a switch that turns off the background image and to use the text-size changer.

A section for developers contains links to many tools such as Vischeck and WAVE and to resource sites about W3C accessibility, designing for screen readers and reader usability.

“October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, so this is the perfect time for web developers at UNC to review their sites and possibly use some of these tools,” said Ann Penn, UNC’s Equal Opportunity/ADA Officer.

As part of UNC’s focus on accessibility, Sina Bahram will speak on campus October 6 at 2 p.m. in the Graduate Student Center. He is an accomplished “universal design” and accessibility evangelist who contributed to the implementation of N.C. State’s web accessibility policy.

His passion for this field originally stems from the fact that he is mostly blind and he uses assistive technologies such as a screen reader to navigate computer systems and devices.

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