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Electronic & Information Technology Accessibility

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The University of West Florida is committed to providing equal access to its programs, services, and activities through electronic information technology (EIT).

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Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility

The University of West Florida is committed to providing equal access to its programs, services, and activities for all users. An accessible EIT environment enhances usability for everyone. This page serves as the UWF’s hub for information about accessible EIT. Accessible information and technology includes electronic documents, websites, videos, software applications, and hardware devices that can be used effectively by everyone, including students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities. The UWF community is collectively responsible for assuring the technologies we choose, use, and create are fully accessible.

This site includes guidelines and resources for EIT accessibility in compliance with UWF Policy P-18/01-8/19 and applicable local, state and federal regulations and laws.

These guidelines apply to all EIT acquired, developed, distributed, used, purchased or implemented by or for the University and used to provide University programs, services, or activities. This includes, but is not limited to all EIT related to University business, academic and outreach, including web pages that represent the University, electronic documents and any multimedia created or obtained.

The University adopts the World Wide Web Consortium’s standard: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0, AA conformance level as the minimum accessibility standard for all EIT, and Guidance on applying WCAG 2.0 to Non-Web Information and Communications Technologies (WCAG2ICT). In addition, all EIT shall comply with federal and state laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, and Sections 504 and 508 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, as amended.

Guidelines apply to

  • Institutional Web Presence - All web content and systems developed or managed by the University of West Florida and currently accessible online.
  • Instructional Materials - including but not limited to documents, syllabi, textbooks, presentations, handouts, electronic instructional materials delivered within the University’s learning management system, face-to-face classes, or an alternate method, and electronic instructional activities such as online collaborative writing, web conferencing, and other similar activities
  • Procurement - all EIT procured including business processes, software and applications must include accessibility evaluation.

New EIT must be accessible upon acquisition or implementation to the greatest extent possible. When it is technically unfeasible, procedures must require University to provide accessible alternate EITs.