Digital Accessibility

The George Washington University (GW) is committed to making all web properties and web content accessible and usable for everyone, including people with disabilities, by employing principles of universal design and striving to conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Web content generally refers to the information in a web page or web application, including natural information such images and code or markup that defines structure and presentation.

The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C), an international organization that determines the protocols and standards for the web, published the WCAG 2.0, which has been widely accepted by many organizations and universities as the technical standard on how to make web content accessible for people with disabilities.

The university is striving to conform to WCAG 2.0 Level AA.

Online Learning

GW was one of the first major institutions to launch online programs. Along with providing high quality educational opportunities to people all over the world, it is also important to the university to ensure the accessibility of courses, materials and systems for students who enroll. This is accomplished by GW Online (through the eDesign Shop), the Division of Information Technology, Academic Technologies and Disability Support Services.

GW Libraries

GW Libraries are committed to making websites accessible to all users. Web content is designed to be W3C AA compliant. Websites and web apps are built to work across all devices regardless of operating system, browser or screen size.

Some online content (like online books and articles) is built and maintained by outside groups and vendors. GW Libraries strive to have all third party tools comply with accessibility standards but have no control over the tools themselves.