UMSO Help Desk
New to developing with accessibility in mind? Complete the following steps to begin the process. You can contact the Accessibility team at any point with questions.
- Read Sheryl Burgstahler's "Universal Design: Process, Principles, and Applications" for an overview of the Universal Design process, the seven principles of Universal Design, and additional instructions on how Universal Design can be applied to software.
- Read through the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, which can be applied to any web application (e.g., admissions web forms, online job applications, public-facing sites, etc.). When referencing success criteria, we adhere to Level AA, which means services must meet both Level A and Level AA criteria.
- Develop a more tangible understanding of the WCAG 2.0 guidelines by reviewing Web Accessibility in Mind (WebAIM) articles, including Introduction to Web Accessibility, Constructing a POUR (Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, Robust) Website, and Designing for Screen Reader Compatibility article.
- Download, install, and learn the accessibility testing tools currently supported by University Information Technology Services.
- Join the WebAIM community to pose questions to other developers around the world when uncertain of how to deal with an accessibility issue.