Getting Started

Whenever possible use webpages instead of other document types such as Word or PDF to publish information on the Web.

    • 1Know the Law

      The law has been refreshed and as of January 18, 2018 institutions (anyone who receives federal funding) must ensure websites, emails and MORE are accessible or face possible litigation! (29 U.S.C. § 794, 20 U.S.C. § 1405, 42 U.S.C. § 12101, Gov. Code § 11135)

    •  2 Scan Your Page(s)

      Run an Accessibility Scan on Your Page(s). You can run the accessibility scan within OmniUpdate or use the WAVE browser plugin.

      Check Accessibility within OmniUpdate when Publishing a Page:

      Accessibility Check Within OmniUpdate

    • 3Making Your Page(s) Accessible

      If errors are found on your page, follow these steps to make your pages accessible.


Understanding Screen Readers

    • 1 Alternative Text

      To Check Images for Alternative Text outside of OmniUpdate:

      1. Install the Alt Text Tester add-in extension for Chrome
      2. Navigate to your page within Chrome
      3. Activate the Alt Text Tester
      4. Hover over each image to examine its alternative text
    • 2Color Test

      To help understand what it might be like to read text that has color-only emphasis, take the Color Test (  Once on the page, click the tabs in the gray menu bar at the top to see how people with different types of color blindness might view colored text on a page.