Testing Your Website for Accessibility

WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool
WAVE was developed and made available as a free community service by WebAIM. Originally launched in 2001, WAVE has been used to evaluate the accessibility of millions of web pages.

This service checks HTML documents for conformance to W3C HTML and XHTML recommendations and other HTML standards.

Net Mechanic
Net Mechanic doesn't check for accessibility, but it does check your website to find broken links, perform HTML validation, optimize your images and monitor your server's performance.


Assistive Technology Software Tools

Jaws for Windows from Freedom Scientific
Screen reader software that allows those who are blind or visually impaired to use the Web and other software applications.  

QuickTime Pro

May be helpful in adding synchronized captions to your video and multimedia presentations.

LiveStage Pro
An authoring tool for developers and digital media producers, also offers the option of adding synchronized captioning.

Zoom Text Xtra
It is a screen magnifier and some versions also include a screen reader.

Window Eyes
It is a speech synthesizer that works with the Windows operating system to access popular software applications and the Internet.


Assistive Technology Hardware Tools

It is an alernate keyboard, which provides large keys that are easy to see and touch. The light-touch surface can be operated with finger, foot, head or plonker-stick. Overlays give the user a customizable keyboard.


Information on Laws Pertaining to Web Accessibility

U.S. Department of Justice, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 

Enforcing the ADA -- A Status Report from the Department of Justice

Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 -- Department of Justice site.

Section 508: The Road to Accessibility --U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy site.


General Resources

Web Accessibility Initiative
As part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), WAI is focused on Web accessibility through five areas: technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development. 

IBM Web Accessibility Center
Features an accessibility checklist and information on each guideline. 
This website provides tools and resources to help people with visual disabilities access information in AdobeĀ® PDF and other file formats. 

CPD/WBGH National Center for Accessible Media
A research and development facility that works to make media accessible to people with disabilities, minority-language users and people with low literacy skills. 

Adaptive Technology Resource Centre -- University of Toronto Information Commons.
The Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC) provides information and consultation on alternative methods of accessing information technology for people with disabilities.


Resources for Specific Impairments

Vischeck's color vision model allows you to simulate how the world looks to people with various sorts of color deficiency. 


Discussion Groups and Listservs

A general discussion on adaptive technology with a special focus on its uses in education. To subscribe, send email to: with the message: sub easi Firstname Lastname