The University of Colorado is required by law to provide programs and services that are accessible to all qualified participants, including those with disabilities. But what does that mean for you? What do you need to know?
This website provides a growing number of how-to pages with step-by-step guides for making particular types of content accessible. To learn more about the accessibility of particular technologies, consult the pages that are most relevant for the technologies you’re using or are especially concerned about.
There are many other resources on this site as well.
The University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus is here to help, should you encounter any technological barriers. If you are experiencing a technology barrier, please reach out to the Office of Information Technology's service desk at 303.724.HELP(4357) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a student in need of accommodation(s), please reach out to the Office of Disability Resources and Services.
If you are an employee of CU Denver or CU Anschutz, please reach out to the ADA office.
Accessibility is the degree to which a product, device, program, service, resource, or environment is available to a given user. If a building on campus has a wheelchair ramp leading to its main entrance, that entrance is accessible to wheelchair users. If a lecture includes sign language interpreters, that lecture is accessible to attendees who are deaf or hard of hearing and who understand sign language.
Accessible technology is a technology that has been designed in a way so that it can be accessed by all users. This includes electronic documents, websites, software, hardware, video, audio, and other technologies. People who interact with technology are extremely diverse. They have a wide variety of characteristics, and we cannot assume that they’re all using a traditional monitor for output, or keyboard and mouse for input. Consider these users:
Individuals may be using mobile devices including phones, tablets, or other devices, which means they’re using a variety of screen sizes and a variety of gestures or other user interfaces for interacting with their devices and accessing the content.
Accessible technology works for all of these users, and countless others not mentioned.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) summarizes web accessibility nicely in their Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG). WCAG 2.1 is organized into the following four key concepts:
Although written specifically for web content, these principles apply to other technologies as well. There are many possible approaches to attaining accessibility as defined by these four concepts.