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Accessibility: Best Practice Guide for Library Staff

This part of the guide aims to provide you with top tools to check web page accessibility, links to useful web pages about creating accessible content on the web and other sources of guides.

Top Resources

  • WAVE is a Google Chrome extension which evaluates web pages and generates a visual report of accessibility errors and warnings.
  • Ainspector Sidebar - If you use Firefox web browser, this is the tool for you! Add it to your browser to quickly evaluate the accessibility compliance of web pages based on WCAG 2.0 requirements.
  • Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 - This is a really easy to use site where you enter the URL of the website you wish to check the accessibility of and the tool generates a summary report by crawling the website.
  • WebAIM's Color Contrast Checker - it also comes with Chrome and Firefox add-ins.

 

Further information on tools to make digital resources usable and accessible can be found on ARL's web accessibility toolkit.

Accessibility Websites

There are a number of great websites out there to help us make our web content accessible to all audiences. Outlined below are just a few that we have come across that have proved useful in the making of this help guide:

  • IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia - a document produced by the International Federation of Library Associations to help library and information professionals to develop and implement library services to those with dyslexia.
  • DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) - an organization based at the University of Washington that is dedicated to providing people with disabilities equal opportunities in technology and education.
  • WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) - an organization based at the Center for Persons with Disability at Utah State University whose purpose is to expand web resources for people with disabilities.
  • Access Project - Colorado State University's site dedicated to creating an accessible classroom through universal design.
  • Web Accessibility Handbook - Portland Community College has a creative commons licensed guide on best practices for making online courses accessible.
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