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Accessibility Tools & Resources

Accessibility References

  1. W3 Auxiliary Benefits of Accessible Web Design.
  2. W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
  3. W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.
  4. W3 accessibility checklist, a busy developer's guide to accessibility.
  5. U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.

Accessibility Software

  1. JAWS, a screen reader and navigator for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
  2. Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
  3. Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.
  4. Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.
  5. Kurzweil 3000 firefly, offers Built-in tools for reading, writing, study skills and test taking deliver a multisensory approach to learning, helping students who struggle, such as those with dyslexia and English Language Learners, become independent learners.
  6. ZoomText, a magnification and screen reading program that enlarges, enhances and reads aloud everything on the computer screen.

Accessibility services

  1. WebXACT (formerly Bobby), a free service to analyze web pages for compliance to accessibility guidelines. A full-featured commercial version is also available.
  2. HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
  3. Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer, a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.

Related resources

  1. WebAIM, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving accessibility to online learning materials.
  2. Cheatsheets, The National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) provides many resources to help make your content accessible.

Standards and Laws