What It Is
Web accessibility is ensuring that people with any disability type—including motor, auditory, cognitive, seizure/neurological, and visual impairments—are able to use Web content, and ensuring that content is "perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust."
Why It's Important
In creating an accessible experience, it's essential to understand the needs of each disability type and build agency sites accordingly. When you create accessible digital products, it provides the opportunity for all citizens to participate in, and contribute to, the Web.
To meet the mandates of Section 508, Web content managers, developers, designers, and all those involved in building government websites, must endeavor to provide all U.S. citizens with timely, usable access to government information. As more agencies use social media, it's important that our users have the ability to interact with government at every level.
We recommend you provide your organization's accessibility policies. The most-useful locations for your policy (or a link to this policy) are on your site's policies and notices page and your help page.
How to Implement
Explore our content for help in creating a rich, accessible experience for your website users.
- Provide Access for People With Disabilities (Section 508)
- Provide Common Access for a Broad Range of Visitors
- Provide Appropriate Access to Data
- Use Appropriate File Formats
- Create Accessible PDFs
- Create Section 508-Compliant Videos on Your Government Websites
- Make Videos, Audio Files, Podcasts, and Other Multimedia Section 508 Compliant and Accessible
- Improve the Accessibility of Social Media in Government