Accessibility

Our accessibility experts have experience in accessibility as it relates to academics, web development, and instructional design.  We use a combination of web standards (W3C, WAI, WCAG), federal accessibility guidelines, and user testing with assistive technologies to assess the accessibility of MIT websites, applications, and courseware.  Our primary goals are to:

  • Provide free accessibility reviews and consulting to MIT
  • Strategize and consult on accessible solutions for code, media, design and educational projects
  • Assist product development groups in applying accessibility guidelines and principles
  • Build awareness of our legal obligations for accessibility under the American with Disabilities Act, 504, and other legal mandates
  • Build cultural awareness and acceptance of the many benefits of accessibility

Our core services include:

  • Design reviews.  Assess the surface of designs: color, contrast, labels, white space, predictability of links and interaction.  We review JPEGs, wireframes, and clickable HTML pages with simple images
  • Code reviews.  Assess the underlying code, taking into account the semantic structure of the code.  We use a mixture of automated tools, live testing using JAWS and NVDA screen readers, and exploration of code against standards
  • Instructional Courseware reviews involve collaboration with academic staff to create and prepare accessible MIT course ware online, in the classroom, and in research and educational laboratories 

We work out of 2 locations: our Usability Lab in Building E19opens in new window, used for a variety of evaluations, and the Assistive Technology Information Center, in Building 7-143opens in new window where we conduct extensive testing with assistive technologies and work directly with MIT students with disabilities.

All inquiries are welcome at accessibility [at] mit.edu