OSU Web Access Awards
The Web Access Awards were initiated as a way to recognize faculty, departments, colleges and programs that meet the university’s standards for accessible web design (The Ohio State University Web Accessibility Policy) while demonstrating excellence in design and communication.
Nominated web pages must be hosted by/affliated with The Ohio State University. We invite submissions from course web sites; department, program, office, or college web sites; and affliated organization web site (e.g., societies, clubs, interest groups). We will review one representative page from your site. Nominated web page should meet or exceed the accessibility standards as described in "The Ohio State University Web Accessibility Policy."
To be considered, nominated web pages must meet or exceed the accessibility standards as described in "The Ohio State University Web Accessibility Policy," and provide ease of access for individuals with disabilities (image description and compatability with voice output for users who are blind, transcripts for audio tracks for users who are deaf, etc.).
Pages considered for review will also be judged on how well they:
Fill-out and submit the online nomination form by 5pm on April 8, 2005. Self-nominations are encouraged. Keep in mind, the award committee will review a single representative page, not an entire web site.
Winners will be recognized at the annual Office for Disability Services Recognition Reception (usually held in March or April).
In recognition of their award, winners will receive a framed award certificate, a choice of software prize, and the opportunity to display the Web Access Award icon on the winning site.
Want to know more about the 2004-2005 winners? Review the Award Presentation given by Lori Bailey of the Web Accessibility Center at the Office for Disability Services Recognition Reception, April 15, 2005.
See also: a complete list of Past Winners.
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Web Policy and Guidelines: [http://cio.osu.edu/policies/web_policies.php].
Office of the University ADA Coordinator: [http://ada.osu.edu]
The OSU Web Accessibility Center
The Web Accessibility Center (WAC) was created in order to assist faculty in developing accessible distance education courses, as well as any on-line segments of OSU courses. Two WAC tutorials to check out are:
Best Practices: Overwhelmed by the standards? Not sure which standards
you should be following? This comprehensive guide brings together the
best design practices from usability, Section 508, and W.C.A.G. standards
and explains them in clear English with code examples. Each section is
clearly referenced, so you know which standard comes from which source.
to the OSU Minimum Web Accessibility Standards. This guide includes
detailed explanations of the OSU Minimum Web Accessibility
Standards (rev. 06/30/2004). Here you will find the full text of
each standard, dos and don'ts for implementing the standards, explanations
for why the standards exist and how they affect users of assistive
technology, and suggestions for how to incorporate the standards in
your web site. Each standard also includes a "Get more help" section
with a link to relevant information and code examples.
WebAIM: Web Accessibility In
WebAIM is administered through a grant provided by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Learning Anywhere Anytime Partnerships (LAAP). The goal of WebAIM is to improve accessibility to online learning opportunities for all people; in particular to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities who currently may have a difficult time getting access to postsecondary online learning opportunities. Be sure to check out:
Online Course in Accessible Web Design.
The University's ADA Coordinator's Office and the College of Humanities' Humanities information Systems Office have teamed up to provide a university wide access to a five week course in accessible web design. The course is available free to OSU faculty, staff and students.
A-Prompt Web Accessibility Verifier
A-Prompt (Accessibility Prompt) is a software tool designed to improve the usability of HTML documents by evaluating Web pages for accessibility barriers and then providing developers with a fast and easy way to make the necessary repairs.
Bobby is a comprehensive web accessibility software tool designed to help expose and repair barriers to accessibility and encourage compliance with existing accessibility guidelines. Bobby was created at CAST, a not-for-profit research and development organization whose goal is to expand opportunities for people with disabilities through the innovative use of computer technology.
Welcome to the freshest resource for universal interface design and usable accessibility information. The primary purpose of this web site is to provide free information on web accessibility. See the extensive list of resources, some exclusive to UI Access.
Web Accessibility Initiative –
Working for accessibility in technology, guidelines to make websites accessible, tools, education and outreach, and research and development for Internet accessibility.