Digital

Accessibility

accessibility post policy

It is unlawful to discriminate against a person with a disability by excluding access to information and services including those delivered online.

Essential for some people, useful for everyone – that’s the essence of web accessibility.

  1. Advice - list of pages
  2. Definition
  3. Further information

Advice

The University offers advice on the idea and achievement of accessible web experiences. These pages and others close by offer a wide range of support in editing and building web content to a leading UWA standard.

 

Definition

"Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to websites, by people with disabilities. When sites are correctly designed, developed and edited, all users have equal access to information and functionality." Wikipedia 2017.

Accessibility doesn't just apply to people with a range of disabilities but also those with slow internet connections or who use mobile phones and other devices to access web content.

The W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are the most comprehensive, industry developed and tested support for ensuring that websites are accessible. They have been endorsed by Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC), national and international standards groups, disability advocacy groups and disabled web users.

UWA's web accessibility requirements will be set out in the University Web Accessibility Policy commencing in 2018.

Further information

When inaccessible technologies must be used, equivalent accessible pages must be provided.

Further information is in the Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA).