Digital accessibility is the practice of ensuring that NYU websites, web applications, and digital content can be used by our community who have a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight or cognitive abilities.
Websites, web applications, and digital content are integral to the University’s academic and administrative work. However, not all resources are developed with digital accessibility in mind, which can make using digital content difficult or impossible for some individuals.
Accessibility promotes an improved user experience for everyone. Simple and clear layouts, high color contrast, and the option to search and read a transcript or captions to a video or audio recording, enhances everyone’s online experience - including those using assistive technologies.
NYU now adheres to the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 standards. Anyone creating digital content at NYU is responsible for creating content that complies with these criteria.
While accessibility is necessary for some groups to use the web, it is beneficial for everyone. When creating digital content, keep in mind the different ways people perceive and process content.
Websites and digital content are used by individuals in different ways, depending on their abilities and disabilities. Assistive technologies make websites and digital content accessible to users with diverse abilities.
Accessibility is a shared concern for anyone in the NYU community who has a hand in creating, sharing, and publishing digital resources.