Accessibility and Usability Overview
Web accessibility is not only the right thing to do but also the smart and legal thing to do. Many organizations, universities, and state agencies included, have faced complaints, lawsuits, and settlements because of accessibility violations. More information about the importance of web accessibility and creating accessible content at Texas A&M can be found online at TAMU IT Accessibility Introduction to Web Accessibility.
Creating accessible content means including everyone by allowing equal access, regardless of disability. A disability can be any type of temporary or permanent impairment, whether it be visual, auditory, physical, cognitive, neurological, or speech-related. The information provided here is not intended to cover every possible scenario you may encounter as accessibility, disabilities, and web use change quickly. We encourage you to watch our Doodly tutorial videos and visit the resource links to continue to build your understanding of accessibility and useability.
Texas A&M University and AgriLife Standards
Texas A&M’s Web Accessibility Standards are based on Section 508 and W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). More information about these standards, including WCAG version and level, can be found online at TAMU IT Accessibility Web Accessibility Standards. AgriLife Digital Education’s recommendations on web accessibility are in line with Texas A&M’s standards.
Portable Document Format (PDF)
PDF files can be created from scanned documents, which are images from a scanner or a photocopier, converted Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) documents, or Google documents.
Accessibility tutorial series showing how to meet captioning requirements in two different ways – using YouTube or Otter.
Text versions of these videos are available at Accessibility Tutorials Captioning Text Version
Accessibility and Usability Resource Links
- Digital Education Accessibility and Usability Guide
- TAMU IT Accessibility Introduction to Web Accessibility
- Section 508 Checklist
- EIR Accessibility from Texas Department of Information Resources
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website by Employee Relations
- Current W3C WCAG Recommendation
- TAMU IT Accessibility Web Accessibility Standards
If you are AgriLife leadership, faculty, or staff creating educational content for any course that will be delivered on the AgriLife Learn platform, the AgriLife Digital Education team can work with you to create accessible content. We also provide accessibility support for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty in Canvas. For more information, please contact us at email@example.com. Students, faculty, or staff in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences can also contact the college’s case manager with questions and for resources about Disability Resources.