Accessibility Primer

When an electronic resource is "accessible," it can be accessed by an individual with a disability and does not require any particular sense such as vision, hearing, or fine motor manipulation, to perform any of the core functions or perceive information as the author intended. 

In other words, when a webpage, document, video, software application, or hardware control panel is "accessible," any user will be able to interact with or understand information as presented. Facilitated access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) means that an individual with a disability uses assistive technologies, such as screen readers, on-screen magnification, alternate input devices, etc., to enable access.

Accessibility, as a field, considers that access by a variety of individuals with disabilities will occur. A proactive accessibility stance by developers or authors is essential early in the content creation or development process.

Accessibility is a responsibility of all Cal State LA affiliates; do your part to ensure that you are creating accessible content and providing equal access to information; download the campus accessibility handout (PDF) for a brief overview of accessibility responsibilities.


The World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has produced a variety of short video vignettes to instantly sensitize the viewer on the importance of creating accessible content.