Vice Provost for Information Technology, and Chief Information Officer
Getting it right, from the beginning - design for accessibility
January 6, 2014
It makes intuitive sense that our web sites, content and software need to be usable by the intended audience. That audience includes people with disabilities, but sometimes that gets missed when we’re gathering requirements or designing solutions.
We need to respond when people with diverse abilities contact us about the difficulties they are having in using our services. Yet, no matter how quickly we respond, imagine what it must be like to have to stop what you’re doing, contact someone, explain what you want, and wait for the response – and to have that happen not just occasionally, but over and over again.
Responding to requests is not enough. Retrofitting services and content is expensive. If we truly respect all members of the campus community, if we are truly good stewards of the resources entrusted to us, we need to get services and content right the first time. The best way to accomplish that is to make accessible design an integral part of the normal way our services and content are created.
What can UW-Madison faculty and staff do to help make accessible design the norm?Read the rest of the article