An accessibility team within Texas A&M IT leads the IT accessibility initiative for Texas A&M University, and responsibilities include:
Our team can assist you with information and resources for the following:
When creating content, using semantic structure such as headings and lists as well as adding alternate text to images allows those who are blind or have low vision to have access to all the information. Whether your document is HTML, Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF or other formats, many key accessibility principles remain the same and help everyone by ensuring an organized and usable document structure.
Periodic scanning of key public entry points (KPEPs) is performed monthly to monitor compliance throughout our institution. Additional tools and resources allow you to examine and resolve web accessibility issues within your own campus unit. Maintaining accessible websites has an added benefit of improving search engine rankings.
Captioning videos ensures that those who are deaf and hard of hearing have access to the information everyone else does, and it is a required component of all videos. Captioning is also helpful for non-native English speakers and those choosing to search for terminology without viewing an entire video. Student test scores and levels of comprehension have been shown to improve when captions are utilized.
Vendors must be asked to provide valid and measurable information about the accessibility of their products and services, and evaluation by those procuring products or services is essential. Accessibility compliance may change depending on product variables, so multiple accessibility checks may be necessary. Accessibility language should be included in contracts regarding all EIR procured.