Web Accessibility

Digital Accessibility at Rice

Our Mission

As part of Rice University’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we strive to provide all forms of digital information in ways that are accessible to all members of the Rice Community, including those with disabilities.

Overview of Digital Accessibility

Digital accessibility is the degree to which digital information and resources can be accessed and used by as many people as possible, regardless of ability.

Digital information includes information and communication technologies (ICT) such as:

  • Electronic course materials
  • Electronic documents
  • Email and other communications
  • Multimedia
  • Software applications
  • Tables, charts, and maps
  • Web-applications
  • Websites and web pages

Digital Accessibility Standard

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

Rice has adopted the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1, Level AA (WCAG 2.1 AA) as the standard for creating and maintaining accessible digital information.

According to the four principles of the WCAG, digital information is accessible when it is

  • Perceivable
  • Operable
  • Understandable
  • Robust

To start checking if you digital content meets WCAG accessibility criteria, use this helpful WCAG Checklist from WebAIM.

Universal Design for Learning

Rice has adopted Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a model for inclusive course design.

The UDL framework promotes the use of multiple modes of engagement, representation, and action to meet the vast array of individual learner needs.

Creating accessible for all users is fundamental to UDL. For more information about inclusive teaching strategies, please visit the Rice Center for Teaching Excellence.

Purchasing Guidelines

The Project Management Office is piloting a new intake process for purchasing ICT at Rice, which includes accessibility reviews.

ICT vendors must demonstrate a strong commitment to accessibility and provide a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) or equivalent document, preferably prepared by a trusted accessibility vendor.

Contact

Request a Consultation: a11y@rice.edu

Report Barriers: access@rice.edu