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Website Accessibility

The University of Richmond is dedicated to providing a thriving and inclusive community in which all individuals are respected and valued. As part of this commitment, we are proactively working to enhance the accessibility of our web-based institutional spaces. We are committed to:

  • Maintaining accessible websites for the widest possible audience across a spectrum of technology, devices, and abilities
  • Ensuring University websites will achieve “Level AA” compliance with the industry-standard Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 guidelines

In order to achieve and maintain this commitment, the University is taking a number of steps, including:

  • Using a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) compliant validation tool to monitor website compliance and assist with remediation of non-compliant features
  • Continuously refining existing University website templates to improve adherence with the WCAG standard
  • Developing and deploying new University website templates utilizing a modern and accessible web framework to replace outdated templates
  • Increasing utilization of assistive technologies, such as the Accessible Rich Internet Application suite of web standards (WAI-ARIA), to enhance accessibility on the web where native html is not sufficient
  • Providing ongoing training on web accessibility best practices for web developers and content creators
  • Identifying and planning for additional steps and actions

 

What is Website Accessibility?

"Website accessibility" refers to ensuring that websites, tools, and technologies are designed and developed so that people across a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive abilities can effectively use them.

Course Materials

If you have or believe you have a disability whereas accessible course material is necessary for you to effectively participate in your academic program, please contact your Professor or the Office of Disability Services for further information. If you are having technical difficulty accessing course material, please contact the University's Help Desk.