Digital Accessibility Overview
This training video highlights some of the best ways to ensure digital content is accessible.
GW has an enterprise license with SiteImprove, a website quality assurance tool that allows any GW website owner or content manager to monitor the quality of the content on their websites, from misspellings to broken links and outdated references, to digital accessibility.
We strongly recommend that all GW website owners have a SiteImprove account. If you do not already have one, submit a SiteImprove account request.
SiteImprove offers a Chrome Plugin for ad hoc testing of website accessibility. The SiteImprove Accessibility Checker plugin evaluates any web page for accessibility issues at any given time. It provides intuitive, visual feedback about your content by highlighting detected issues right on the page and gives you:
- an immediate overview of your page's accessibility issues
- clear explanations of how they affect your users
- plus specific recommendations on how to fix them
All analysis is done entirely within the Chrome browser, allowing secure evaluation of password-protected or non-public pages, multi-step forms, and dynamic content. SiteImprove’s Chrome plugin can be used on an ad hoc basis, including on pages behind login. You don't need a SiteImprove account to use the plugin
Screen readers are assistive technology tools commonly used by blind or low vision individuals.
GW web developers and others creating digital content are encouraged to become familiar with these tools and incorporate screen reader testing into their ongoing development processes.
Common screen readers include:
GW's SiteImprove license includes access to SiteImprove Academy, which offers self-paced tutorials that give overviews of accessibility and examples of creating accessible content. Topics covered range from creating accessible web content to creating accessible PDF and Microsoft Office documents.
To access the tutorials, log into the SiteImprove Academy using your existing SiteImprove account.
LinkedIn Learning provides a wide array of topics and best practices including more than 200 accessibility-related tutorials across six courses. Current GW faculty, staff and students can access LinkedIn Learning trainings at no cost by logging on with your GW NetID and password. We recommend reviewing these courses and exploring others based on your personal interests:
In addition to the SiteImprove and LinkedIn Learning on-demand trainings, trainings on accessibility topics are regularly held at GW. Visit the Marketing & Creative Services website to see the list of upcoming trainings on accessibility and other web topics.
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