Affecting Business Processes

Incorporating accessibility into employee hiring and review processes

  • Recruit and hire staff with an understanding of accessibility policy and practices.
  • Include accessibility preferences and requirements within job postings and position descriptions, and clearly indicate how such criteria specifically apply to typical job duties.
  • Develop accessibility training schedules and/or continuing education expectations for each position.
  • Utilize accessibility as one parameter by which to measure job performance during annual reviews.

Establishing the value of accessibility within your team

  • Make accessibility a priority—from document creation to design and development.
  • Consider accessibility during project initiation and utilize periodic accessibility checks throughout the duration of a project.
  • Design and develop with the uniqueness of people in mind.
  • Discuss accessibility best practices as they apply to team tasks.
  • Encourage procurement of Electronic and Information Resources.
  • Recognize individual and team efforts that advance Texas A&M’s accessibility initiatives.

Advocate for accessibility on campus

  • Take interest in individuals’ capabilities and contributions.
  • Promote accessibility as an extension of our University’s commitment to diversity.
  • Encourage campus stakeholders to expand the reach of Texas A&M University through efforts of inclusion.
  • Engage others in accessibility discussions and advocate for accessibility at every opportunity.
  • Work to decrease University risk by doing the right thing—it’s a win-win!

Did you know?

  • In the United States, about 55 million people have a disability (src: 2010 U.S. Census).
  • About 1 in 5 Americans have some kind of disability (src: 2010 U.S. Census).
  • The percentage of people affected by disabilities is growing as our population ages.
  • Two popular, free screen readers are VoiceOver (Mac OS and iOS) and NVDA (Win).
  • Good accessibility practices can improve the search ranking of your website.
  • Form fields without labels can cause problems for some assistive technology users.
  • Low color contrast makes content difficult to see, especially for users with low vision.
  • Documents linked on a website need to be accessible too (e.g., PDF and Word files).
  • Audio content, like podcasts, need transcripts for deaf or hard of hearing users.
  • Online videos should be captioned for deaf or hard of hearing users.
  • Using HTML tags correctly is very important for accessibility.
  • Descriptive link text helps make a website more accessible. Avoid using "Click here" or "Read more."
  • A "screen reader" is an application that reads content aloud to a user.
  • There is no "alt tag" in HTML. "Alt" is an attribute used with the img tag.
  • HTML uses the alt attribute to provide a text description of an image.
  • Alt text should describe an image, if the purpose of the image is to convey information.
  • If an image is a link, the alt text for the image should explain where the link goes.
  • If an image is only being used for decoration, the alt text should be null (i.e., alt="").
  • If a table has headers, using header tags (<th>) will make the table more accessible.
  • An accessible website is one that can be navigated and understood by everyone.