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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.

W3C http://validator.w3.org
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

IntelliKeys
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.

Articles about Accessibility

Donets, Alexsey. "5 Simple Guidelines to Improve Your Website's Accessibility," March 5, 2012, Usability Geek.

Murie, Michael. "QuickTips: Captioning QuickTime," DV.com magazine.

Thatcher, Jim. "Web Accessibility Testing," JimThatcher.com. Taken from Chapter 13 of Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance by Jim Thatcher, et al. 2006

Website Magazine, "On Web Accessibility: Anne Taylor (National Federation of the Blind)," Interview. Aug. 22, 2008

Website Magazine, "On Web Accessibility: Sharron Rush (Knowbility)," Interview. Aug. 22

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.

access.adobe.com 
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 
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

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