Web Accessibility and 508 Compliance
Bowling Green State University is committed to being a fully accessible community in which students, staff, faculty, alumni and visitors to campus, regardless of abilities, are valued and empowered to participate. We will fulfill the responsibility:
- to guarantee a nondiscriminatory campus for individuals with disabilities
- to continually improve the educational, working, physical, and social environment to meet the needs of persons with diverse abilities
- to integrate such persons into the community
- to promote accessible design that maximizes the benefits for everyone.
Bowling Green State University seeks to contribute to the global project of building more inclusive communities.
WHAT IS ACCESSIBILITY?
Accessibility focuses on how a user with disabilities can access or benefit from a product, device or service. Some users have to use assistive technologies which make these things accessible for them. Users with disabilities can’t access any products, devices and services if their disabilities are not taken into consideration.
Web accessibility focuses on designing and developing websites that are more accessible to people with disabilities. Websites that have applied the necessary accessibility principles can provide more accessible content.
Accessibility and usability have overlapping principles. Even though it seems as if they both are accomplishing the same goal, there is actually a difference between these two aspects of technology.
Accessibility focuses on creating more accessible web content for people with disabilities. Usability, at the same time, focuses on the general user experience which covers all users, including users with disabilities.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Web accessibility and 508 compliance are important because they:
- provide equal access and opportunity for everyone
- help everyone participate in society
- are required by laws and policies, which prevents unnecessarry lawsuits
- benefit people without disabilities
BGSU has updated its web accessibility Technical Guidelines to WCAG 2.0 AA. BGSU departments and employees are asked to update their web pages and online course materials used to conduct university business or academic activities to a minimum conformance level of AA.
This website was created as a resource for website and content owners, web developers, assistive technology users and anyone else who wants to make sure that online information and tools are accessible to all members of the Bowling Green State University community, regardless of disability.