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The Accessibility Toolkit

In this toolkit, we provide materials focusing on library needs around accessibility, specifically:
  • Public websites
  • Vendor resource accessibility 
  • Vendor assessment, internally and externally
  • Training
  • Best practices
  • Self-assessment tools

We've organized these needs into four sections (detailed below) and also highlighted general resources.

We designed this toolkit for people just beginning to learn about accessibility and libraries, who need guidance on first steps, or people looking for resources on specific aspects of accessibility work, like testing results of databases from other schools. 

Please feel free to leave a comment or question on our DUX Accessibility Toolkit Feedback form.



Sections

Frequently Asked Questions

Starting point to help you get an introduction to digital accessibility and help navigate the toolkit. Recommend scanning through to get a sense of different concerns.

Testing for Digital Accessibility

Includes descriptions and links to automated testing with third party browser extensions, browsers” built-in accessibility tools and color testing, as well as manual-testing tools.

Digital Accessibility Policies and Statements

Links to policies, statements and guides at the university, library, and digital repository levels, as well as guidance on what to include in a statement.

Training and Accessibility Networks

Resources for training, listservs, conferences, and general information to help you connect and stay informed.

Background

As the DUX Team moved through the initiative process in 2018-19 accessibility rose to the top as an Alliance focus area. Based on feedback from the Alliance/NWACC joint accessibility survey, there was a clear need for easily accessible resources and training on a variety of aspects of accessibility.

Charge

This group will assist the Discovery and User Experience (DUX) Team in gathering and sharing accessibility policies and practices with the Alliance community.

Members of the Accessibility Standing Group (ASG) who created the initial toolkit are:

  • Emily Pearson, Chair, Whitman College
  • Andy Andrews, University of Washington
  • Sydney Thompson, Central Washington University
  • Gloria Doherty, George Fox University
  • Hilary Robbeloth, University of Puget Sound
  • Ben Rearick, Washington State University