Resources and Training

GW has a variety of resources available to help you gain a better understanding of web accessibility and learn how to effectively manage your content to meet web accessibility standards.

Online Resources

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owner or content manager to monitor the quality of the content on their websites, from misspellings to broken links and outdated references, to digital accessibility.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 Extension for ad hoc testing of website accessibility. The SiteImprove Accessibility Checker extension 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 extension can be used on an ad hoc basis, including on pages behind login. You don't need a SiteImprove account to use the extension.

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:

The WebAIM: Web Accessibility in Mind website provides easy-to-follow overviews and tips on web accessibility. 

We also recommend using the WebAIM Color Contrast Checker to ensure the colors used on your website and other digital materials meet the appropriate color contrast guidelines.

On-Campus Training 

In addition to the SiteImprove and Lynda.com on-demand trainings, trainings on accessibility topics are regularly held at GW. Visit the Online Strategy website to see the list of upcoming trainings on accessibility and other web topics.