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Jeff Chase
Senior Art Director
302-831-1040
jcchase@udel.edu

David Barczak
Senior Art Director
302-831-8169
db@udel.edu

Neil Thomas
Senior Associate Director
302-831-6408
nfttwo@udel.edu

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Phone: (302) 831-2791
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Accessibility

OCM consider IT/Client Support & Services to be the experts in accessibility, and will be working with them to review the University's efforts in provide the most responsible web standards possible. We undertake this effort under the guidance of the University's Office of Disability Support Services

Web Development Resources

Here are a few resources to review as you consider the accessibility of your website and the types of issues raised in Section 508 compliance.

WAVE (Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool) is a free web accessibility evaluation tool provided by WebAIM. It is used to aid humans in the web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility of that page.

The Law: Section 508

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act and strengthened provisions covering access to information in the Federal sector. As amended, section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires access to the Federal government's electronic and information technology. The law covers all types of electronic and information technology in the Federal sector and is not limited to assistive technologies used by people with disabilities. It applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use such technology. Federal agencies must ensure that this technology is accessible to employees and the public to the extent it does not pose an "undue burden." The law directs the Access Board to develop access standards for this technology that will become part of the Federal procurement regulations. The scope of section 508 is limited to the Federal sector. It does not apply to the private sector, nor does it generally impose requirements on the recipients of Federal funds with the exception of activities carried out in a State under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended pursuant to section 4(d)(6)(G) of that act.

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