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The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. It is essential that every person who visits our website has a good user experience and can find the information most relevant to them. We are doing this by applying relevant accessibility standards, testing regularly, and requesting ongoing feedback.

Accessibility is about making sure that barriers that may prevent people with disabilities from taking part are removed. Inclusion is about going a step further and ensuring that people with disabilities are included as valuable members in all aspects of society.

Accessibility Standards

Meeting accessibility standards is one important aspect of achieving our work. The W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, also known as ISO/IEC 40500:2012, is the best-known international standard for accessibility and is being adopted into policy by countries and organizations around the world. AUCD strives to meet the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 at level AA.

Frequently Used Acronyms

An acronym, a type of abbreviation, is a word or name consisting of parts of the full name's words. AUCD aims to use the full name when possible. Please refer to our list of Frequently Used Acronyms as a guide to our website and communications materials. 

Frequently Used Acronyms

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Barriers & Considerations

  • Poor color contrast. People with limited vision or color blindness cannot read text if there is not enough contrast between the text and background (for example, light gray text on a light-colored background).
  • Use of color alone to give information. People who are color-blind may not have access to information when that information is conveyed using only color cues because they cannot distinguish certain colors from others. Also, screen readers do not tell the user the color of text on a screen, so a person who is blind would not be able to know that color is meant to convey certain information (for example, using red text alone to show which fields are required on a form).
  • Lack of text alternatives (“alt text”) on images. People who are blind will not be able to understand the content and purpose of images, such as pictures, illustrations, and charts, when no text alternative is provided. Text alternatives convey the purpose of an image, including pictures, illustrations, charts, etc.
  • No captions on videos. People with hearing disabilities may not be able to understand information communicated in a video if the video does not have captions.
  • Inaccessible online forms. People with disabilities may not be able to fill out, understand, and accurately submit forms without things like: 
    • Labels that screen readers can convey to their users (such as text that reads “credit card number” where that number should be entered);
    • Clear instructions; and
    • Error indicators (such as alerts telling the user a form field is missing or incorrect).
  • Mouse-only navigation (lack of keyboard navigation). People with disabilities who cannot use a mouse or trackpad will not be able to access web content if they cannot navigate a website using a keyboard.

Tips on Web Accessibility

  • Make sure images have descriptive alt tags. These tags appear on a website instead of an image for people using screen readers.
  • Provide enough contrast between text color and background color.
  • Ensure the website allows users to enlarge the text font up to 200 percent.
  • Provide captions and transcripts for videos and audio recordings.
  • Give clear labels and specific instructions on web forms.
  • Ensure the entire website is navigable using a keyboard without a mouse.
  • In hashtags, use uppercase letters for each word (e.g., #AUCDEmergingLeaders).
  • Label links with precise, descriptive text.

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Accessibility Resources

We are so grateful for these incredible resources. Organizations like ADA.gov and Web Aim provide free resources on accessibility to help ensure that everyone is included. 

Web Aim Resources

Share Your Feedback

We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of AUCD's website. If you encounter accessibility barriers or need further assistance please contact us

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