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Digital Accessibility

The University of Virginia is committed to provide equal access to information, programs, and activities delivered through its official digital resources. Official digital resources include web sites, web-based applications, digital content, and media used to conduct university business or academic activities delivered through the internet and the University's intranet.

Currently, our policy directs us to meet Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), specifically the WCAG 2.0/AA standard. As of Jan 18, 2017 the Section 508 refresh has been recorded in the Federal Register and requires compliance for federal agencies by Jan 18, 2018. This updated set of standards incorporates key aspects of the WCAG standard and provides standards for other areas of technology in addition to digital content.

Creating and maintaining accessible content is a journey - not a one and done endeavor. Accessibility should be part of development from the onset of the project. Testing for and maintaining compliance is also an ongoing process. The following links provide resources and guidance to assist in this effort.