Introduction to Web Accessibility

References to Resources Within the CSU

CSU campuses have provided a nice selection of supportive resources about the basics of web site accessibility.  These can be used to enhance your training efforts. 

The Basics

  • FAQ's on Web Accessibiity Provided by the ATI

    • Why is Web Accessibility Important?
    • What is the cost of developing accessibile websites?
    • How long does it take to create an accessible website?
    • Retrofitting an existing site.
    • Characteristics of an accessible web site.
    • Accessible design principles.
    • Do I have to "dumb down" my site in order to make it accessible?
    • And many more...
  • Law & Ethics Overview

    Jim Thatcher provides a course that covers Federal Laws as well as Ethics.

  • State Laws (.htm) & (.ppt, 2.9 MB)

    A presentation by CSU Channel Islands covers the state laws.  Created 2008.  Contact: Peter Mosinskis, IT Consultant,

  • CSU ATI Policy
  • Assistive Technologies Listed and Defined

Best Practices

Quick overview of the best practices for accessibility requirments and issues.

Last Updated: 11/07/08.  Contact: CSU Cal Poly, ITS - Service Desk.


Handout for workshop on Web Accessibility.  Created: 2008.  Contact: Sacramento State, Academic Technology & Creative Services, (916) 278-6011.

Includes information on testing, java script, style sheets, images, validation, and general tips.  Created: 2008, CSU Fresno.  Contact:

Handout to support professional development sessions on the common obstacles and solutions of making web sites accessible.  A section of evaluating your website is included as well as other resources.

Created by: Sac State, Academic Technology and Creative Services, 2008, (916) 278-6011.


Created: May 2008.  Contact: Cal Poly, SLO,

Basic introduction to web accessibility with links to many tools, tests, and other technologies and resources provided outside the CSU.  Last Updated: 11/07/2008.   Created by: CSU Cal Poly, Contact: ITS - Service Desk.

PowerPoint presentation on basic web design principles.  Created: 2008.  Contact: Cindy Compean,


Great information on administrative web site accessibility with criteria for prioritizing what is critical.  Created by: CSU Cal Poly, 9/4/08.  Contact:

References to Resources Outside the CSU

For web content developers, page authors, site designers, etc.)

Gain an appreciation of web accessibility by understanding the user perspective. This 11.5 minute video provides an overview of the difficulties users with disabilities face on the web and some of the motivations for web accessibility.  Produced by WebAIM, Copyright 2007-2009, (435) 797-7024.

The place to start if you need to a comprehensive understanding web accessibility.

WebAIM provides information on using a screenreader to evaluate the accessibility of web content.  Created by: WebAIM, (435) 797-7024.

Primer on web accessibility published by WebAIM.

  • SOAP (Stanford Online Accessibility Program)

This is intended to be your one-stop location for Policies, Guidelines, White-papers and more covering the general topic of online accessibility.

WebAIM article on a "perceivable, operable, understsandable, and robust" website.

A WebAIM Tutorial.  Created by: WebAIM, (435) 797-7024.