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) 2.1, Level AA.
These guidelines apply to all aspects of GW's digital presence, including:
- Public websites
- Websites behind login
- Social media
- Digital photography
- Digital video (produced videos and live streams)
- Mobile apps
- Mass email
- Third-party tools (such as Salesforce, Calendly, etc.)
- Any other content consumed using an electronic device
Please refer to the Web and Digital Content Accessibility Policy for additional information.
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 Online Course Development), the GW Information Technology, Academic Technologies and Disability Support Services.
GW Libraries are committed to making websites accessible to all users. Web content is designed to be W3C AA compliant. Websites and 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.
Understanding digital accessibility is the first critical step towards creating accessible web content, classroom materials and multimedia assets. At GW, there are a number of resources to help content creators, managers, developers, purchasers and approvers of digital online content and related technology understand and meet accessibility standards, ranging from self-paced tutorials to in-person support and training.
Oversight and monitoring of digital accessibility at GW is provided by the Digital Accessibility Committee. The committee is also responsible for facilitating communication, coordination and collaboration related to accessibility, and fielding digital accessibility complaints.
The committee includes representation from accross the university:
- Office of Ethics, Compliance and Privacy
- Office of General Counsel
- Disability Support Services
- Human Resource Management and Development
- Libraries and Academic Innovation
- GW Information Technology
- GW IT Directors
- Office of Communications and Marketing
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