Achieving web accessibility across higher education campuses has not been easy. Aside from the changing ADA legislation and the pending Section 508 refresh, there is the unfortunate fact that some universities are being sued over inaccessible content and equal accommodation issues. The Department of Justice and The National Federation of the Blind want universities to take a proactive approach to accessibility.
Community college web accessibility coordinators are facing a growing backlog of inaccessible PDFs. Disability Services has to work with publishers to source PDF textbooks that then must be manually converted. There are also a variety of diverse departmental goals and budgetary concerns. So, how do universities develop and meet an accessibility plan that benefits the whole campus?
"We converted 62 PDF documents to HTML code, totaling approximately 800 pages and 303 images captioned. In the past, converting that many documents would have taken NOVA six months to a year. But with Onix’s tool, Equidox, it only took 2.5 months. It’s easy too.” – Tim Ferebee, Web Accessibility Coordinator, NOVA