Accessibility

Accessibility is the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent access to, or interaction with websites and electronic media, and the consumption of their content by people with permanent, temporary and situational disabilities. All users have equal access to information and functionality when websites and other digital media are properly designed, developed, edited and maintained.  

SUNY Oswego is committed to improving accessibility of web content and all related digital media, including audio and video. This site will inform and assist campus staff, faculty and students in creating accessible electronic documents and materials, as well as providing additional resources, including templates, guidelines and tutorials for more detailed information.

The content creator is responsible for ensuring that all content and materials are accessible. This means that faculty and staff should review any digital content they use for courses, presentations, lectures, etc. Start with current materials that you plan to create or revise, and use the guidelines provided within this site to help incorporate accessibility. 

Why is Accessibility Important?

Improves overall usability

Approximately 10% of all web users are persons with disabilities. SUNY Oswego strives to be inclusive to everyone who engages with us. This means making information on oswego.edu easy to find, read and use. Inaccessible technology could negatively impact those with a wide variety of disabilities, including:

  • physical health conditions (mobility/orthopedic impairments)
  • sensory impairments (deaf/hard of hearing, blind/low-vision)
  • specific learning disabilities (dyslexia)
  • attention deficits
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • speech impairments
  • mental and psychiatric conditions (depression, bipolar)

It’s the law

SUNY Oswego is required to follow specific law and accessibility standards, and we are committed to upholding these high standards.

  •  The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination based on disability, by employers (Title I), public entities (Title II), and places of public accommodation (Title III).
  • In the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504 prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs and activities receiving financial assistance from the federal government, while Section 508 requires that electronic and information technology be accessible to persons with disabilities.
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), requires that website content, online services and programs be fully accessible to a wide range of people with disabilities.

It’s a human right

The responsibility for accessibility is not “yours” nor “mine,” it’s ours. It is a shared commitment to understand that each of us has different needs, and to make appropriate provisions. Planning for accessibility at the forefront allows more people to use your materials without needing special modifications or accommodations. Put very simply, it’s just the right thing to do.

Report an accessibility error

If you come across an accessibility error on oswego.edu please fill out this form to alert us.