Is Your Site ADA Compliant?
By Shane Jester, Central Web Support
Do you maintain an official Website at the University? If so, did you know that state Websites are required to be ADA compliant? Do you even know what ADA compliant means?
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) basically states that those people with either physical or mental handicaps shall not be discriminated against in cases where it is possible to avoid such discrimination. Because the internet is such a visual experience, it is easy to forget that not everyone can see it. That does not mean that these same people cannot participate and benefit from the internet. There are several "text-to-speech" computer software packages that will translate information on a computer to speech, allowing a person with a visual impairment to hear the content of your Website. However, there are a few things which you as a Web developer must do in order to make this possible.
Making your Website ADA Compliant
Test it out
These are just three of the major pitfalls that have the ability to make a Website ADA non-compliant. However, these are also the most common reasons that sites fall in the non-compliant category. The way to be sure if your site is ADA compliant is to test it using "text-to-speech" software. If you do not have the money to purchase the software, there are packages installed in the Adaptive Computer Lab located in Chilton Hall room 116. If you have a valid Student or Faculty/Staff ID you can use the computers to test your Website. Whether it is your personal Web page or an official UNT Website, you should always make sure that you can have as many viewers as possible.