Web Accessibility at Villanova

What is Web Accessibility?

Accessibility is the principle that a website can be accessed by any user regardless of the device (e.g. visual browser, screen reader, mobile device) being used, as well as individuals with various impairments, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological.

As you can see, making a website accessible can be simple or complex, depending on many factors.

Maintaining Accessibility at Villanova

Villanova expends considerable effort endeavoring to ensure the accessibility of its website by individuals with disabilities.  While control over the website is not centralized, in that each University department maintains its own site, Villanova has developed numerous guidelines and procedures to ensure accessibility. 

Five System Administrators in the University’s Information Technology Department (UNIT) spend approximately 10-15% of their time reviewing the website for all sorts of issues and make changes as necessary.  These Administrators are aware of Section 504 compliance standards and refer to them when they are building our sites and when they create documentation for end users to create their own sites. 

Below are selected resources to help you create and maintain accessible information.

Please review our Accessibility at Villanova page for the necessary contact information should you have issues accessing website content.

Importance of ADA Compliance

Why is ADA compliance and accessibility important?

Villanova is legally bound to make its website accessible to all users, especially those needing assistive technologies to navigate through website content.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design of 2010: "All electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1073: "requires access for both members of the public and federal employees to such technologies when developed, procured, maintained, or used by federal agencies."

Video Resources

Experiences of Students with Disabilities -
The students in the following video share some of their experiences with the web and accessibility.

Keeping Web Accessibility In Mind - Gain an appreciation of web accessibility by understanding the user perspective with this overview of the difficulties users with disabilities face on the web and some of the motivations for web accessibility.