Guidance

The resource library is a repository of curated resources with information to aid campus community members on their efforts to adopt accessibility-minded practices.  Take a look at the cumulative list of resources under review or send a request for resources you would like to see included.


General Information on Digital Accessibility


The World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative provides international guidance and standards that respond to the goal of making the web accessible to all.  The W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative created a series of short videos that explain the benefits of digital accessibility for all.


The United States Access Board has created a comparison table of WCAG 2.0 AA and 508 requirements.


Iowa State University had a series of webinars in fall 2015 that are published through the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching's YouTube channel.



Legal Landscape


The legal landscape is explained in the second video of CELT's series. Legal aspects of digital accessibility may also be informed by University of Minnesota Duluth's review of Higher Ed Accessibility Lawsuits, Complaints, and Settlements



Creating a Digital Accessibility Plan


If you are interested in creating a Digital Accessibility Plan, please review:


The roadmap proposed by ISU's WebAccessibility Coordinator also offers a brief overview of the proposed institutional initiatives and may act as a guide in developing a unit-level plan.  For more information, support, guidance, or training, please contact digitalaccess@iastate.edu.



Developing with Empathy


The most important aspect of understanding accessibility, usability and inclusion is to make an effort at understanding the experience our digital content provides to different users.


Simulations provide a way to understand how different users may perceive the experience of your digital content. The Impairment Simulator designed by University of Cambridge, Engineering Design Centre and sponsored by BT offers both a visual and a hearing simulator.  Another hearing loss simulation, by Starkey Hearing Technologies, provides audio for different environments.


In your development, you can also resort to empathy maps or personas, a device intended to evoke empathy among development team members about their users' needs.  Usability.gov provides more in-depth information about personas.  The Office of Digital Access has collaborated in the creation of personas for diversity. If you are interested in obtaining more information and implementing these in your development, please contact digitalaccess@iastate.edu.