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Accessibility Primer

The Accessibility Primer page is under review and may change in the future.

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. Accessibility, as a field, considers that access by a variety of individuals with disabilities will occur. Those individuals may be using various facilitated access methods while attempting to consume information or interact with a specific resource.

Facilitated access to Information and Communication Technologies occurs for an individual with a disability through the use of assistive technologies, such as screen readers, on-screen magnification, alternate input devices, etc.

Accessibility is purposeful, and as such, requires that the author or developer implement techniques 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 ensuring equal access to information; download the campus accessibility handout (PDF) for a brief overview of accessibility responsibilities.

To learn how important accessibility is to various individuals with disabilities, navigate to the W3C Perspectives Videos on the main menu.