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Overview

IT Accessibility is the degree to which electronic and information resources (EIR) are made available to our campus community and visitors. Texas A&M University is required by law to make our EIR accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. Ensuring accessible technology involves providing, developing, maintaining and procuring EIR that can be used in a variety of ways and does not depend on a single sense or ability.

EIR at Texas A&M University include, but are not limited to:

  • Software applications and operating systems
  • Websites
  • Telecommunications products
  • Video and multimedia products
  • Self-contained, closed products
  • Desktop and portable computers

Getting Started

Visit itaccessibility.tamu.edu for information and valuable resources including best practices. To request specific information, receive personal assistance or acquire accessibility tools, contact itaccessibility@tamu.edu.

Resources

Service Details

An accessibility team within the Division of Information Technology leads the IT accessibility initiative for Texas A&M University, and responsibilities include:

  • Developing and modifying university policy
  • Offering accessibility training
  • Monitoring accessibility compliance

Our team can assist you with information and resources for the following:

Creating accessible documents

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.

Developing accessible websites

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.

Creating accessible videos

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.

Procuring accessible EIR

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.

For more information, visit itaccessibility.tamu.edu, or contact itaccessibility@tamu.edu for personal assistance.

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