accessibilityThe Division of Extension is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. These laws require that people with disabilities have equal access to our programs and services. Electronic communication is a primary delivery method for programs and information, and we cannot provide an equal opportunity to people with disabilities if our electronic communication is inaccessible.

UW-Madison has excellent resources for learning about and apply accessibility standards to all your electronic communication, including websites, on their Make Things Accessible website.  At the bottom of the page, you’ll see “Learn More” for media-specific information.

Here are a few simple things you can do to start making your WordPress site more accessible:

  • Provide alternate text whenever you add an image to a post or page.
  • Use descriptive hyperlinks instead of “click here.”
  • If you’re going to be posting PDF files to your site, make sure your PDF is accessible.
    • Provide a descriptive title for the PDF on your post or page. For example, if your newsletter pdf has a convoluted file name like “news7-2012.pdf” then you need to provide a much more descriptive and user-friendly title to the file on your webpage.
    • If you create the PDF from a Word document, make sure the Word document is accessible before you convert it to PDF.  You may want to read the following help article from WebAIM:  PDF Accessibility: Converting Documents to PDF.
    •  Adobe Acrobat also provides helpful information about creating accessible PDF files from Word.

Check out these Tech Tuesday and online resources for in-depth instructions on the why, how, and when.