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UT Tyler Accessibility and Disability Resources

Designing Accessible Web Sites

Most of us assume that visitors to our Web pages can see the wonderful graphics we include. However, many users are visually impaired and use special programs to read text to them. Also, those who are color-blind might have problems navigating your site if you rely on color to convey information. Still other users are unable to use a mouse or may use a text-based Web browser called lynx, which has no pictures and uses the keyboard for navigation rather than a mouse. Accessible design helps students, faculty and staff with disabilities understand and use Web-based class materials more effectively as well.

State and Federal laws require accessible web sites. Effective September 1, 2005, Texas House Bill 2819 requires state agencies to develop, procure, maintain and use electronic and information technology that is accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities.

The University of Texas at Tyler has published the UT Tyler Web Accessibility Policy, which sets Texas Administrative Code 206.70 as the accessibility standard.

The UT System policy is UTS150 - Access by Persons with Disabilities to Electronic and Information Resources Procured or Developed by The University of Texas System Administration and The University Of Texas System Institutions.

  U.T. Offices/Staff Dedicated to Helping Persons with Disabilities

  • Institutional Compliance Office - Responsible for compiling Quarterly Reports to  U. T. System; performing departmental inspections, performing monitoring plan inspections; maintaining the Institutional Compliance Manual and the Compliance and Monitoring Plan Manual ; collecting annual Control Self Assessments; maintaining the Compliance Database; maintaining the Compliance website; and coordinating Compliance training.
  • Disability Support Services - Provides students equal access to all educational, social and recreational programs through the coordination of services and reasonable accommodations, consultation, and advocacy.
  • UT Tyler Resources for Persons with Disabilities - Located in the Disability Services Office.
  • Environmental Health and Safety -Comply with applicable EH&S laws and regulations;Eliminate or reduce its exposure to accidental and financial loss; and protect against accidents that could cause injury to faculty, staff, students and visitors, or impede its ability to provide a safe and quality educational experience.
  • Points of Contact - who to contact with questions concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Web Accessibility Resources
Laws and Guidelines

May 1999 - the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an organization that sets standards for the Web, approved recommendations for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.

June 2001- the US Government's Section 508 standards become effective for all federal agencies and entities operating federal contracts. Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities.

June 2002 - the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) published Section S206.2 on Accessibility and Usability of Institutions of Higher Education Web Sites

July 2002 - the University of Texas at Austin published a Web Accessibility Policy to establish a minimum accessibility standard for web pages.

September 2005 - Texas House Bill 2819 requires state agencies to develop, procure, maintain and use electronic and information technology that is accessible to people with disabilities.

December 2008 - Web Content Accessibility Guideline 2.0 is finalized.

Additional Resources for Persons with Disabilities

The primary contact for internet accessibility at UT Tyler is Robin Kelly 903.566.7061 (Voice) 903.566.7173 (FAX) E-mail Address:rkelly@uttyler.edu

The UT Tyler Office of Disability Services provides students with equal access to educational, social and recreational programs.

Additional information about accessibility programs in Texas is available from the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.

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