WSU is committed to creating an accessible environment for students, employees, faculty, and staff. Based on feedback from faculty, staff, and students, WSU has launched a new accessibility website, as a central location for accessibility resources, guidelines, and grievance procedures. Individuals can visit the website at access.wsu.edu, and/or by clicking on the “ACCESS” link on the bottom of any WSU website. We ask faculty and staff to review this new website and to become familiar with the best practices described. The website provides particularly useful accessibility information and tips for those with responsibility for events, publications, communications, advertising, classroom materials, websites, contracts, or purchasing. Additional information and guidelines will be added in the future. Questions or concerns can be directed to the Office for Equal Opportunity, firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-335-8288.
Additionally, WSU is updating our web accessibility policy, Executive Policy 7, and web accessibility procedures on June 30 to continue to best serve our community and to meet state and federal requirements. WSU Web Communication has provided a series of helpful guidelines for web publishers and administrators, available at the WSU Web Communication Accessibility Guide Website. WSU faculty and staff are encouraged to become familiar with the web accessibility guidelines, and web publishers and administrators are encouraged to review their websites for compliance with those guidelines. After June 30 all new web content must meet the updated standards. In addition, all web content created after January 1, 2014, must meet the updated standards by September 1, 2019. Training opportunities for web publishers will be announced soon, and support will be available for departments as needed.
For updates, questions, and resources, visit https://web.wsu.edu/accessibility. Connect with the WSU web community on Slack (https://web.wsu.edu/slack-team/) or stop into web open labs every Friday from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (https://web.wsu.edu/open-lab/).