Accessibility has become an increasingly important topic in web design and development. TU continuously puts effort into the goal of making the TU website accessible and compliant with Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act. These self-help documents step through  making content accessible for publishing to the web.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that federal agencies’ electronic and information technology be accessible to people with disabilities. Towson University is committed to aligning documentation to the same standards set for the Federal Government.

Digitally Accessible PDFs

Accessibility: Quick Reference Guide (PDF) and Accessibility: Creating Accessible PDFs Using Word (docx). Learn how to make a Word document PDF accessible. Topics include alt text, headers, styles, images, objects, text box and caption wrapping, tables and hyperlinks.

Use the Accessibility: Microsoft Word Accessibility Checklist (PDF) as a guide for making a Word document accessible, in preparation for converting it into an accessible PDF document.

Closed Captioning

The Closed Captioning: Style Guide (PDF) defines the rules of closed captioning as designated by the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the National Association for the Deaf.

Captioning & Transcription Overview (PDF)
Learn terminology and definitions, and how to use the built-in captioning/transcription tools available in Webex. 

Website Accessibility Reports

Accessibility: Evaluating Accessibility Reports (PDF)
All website owners will be emailed a quarterly website accessibility report, highlighting any accessibility issues with their content. This self-help document will step you through how to interpret the results of the report and how to fix some of the more common web accessibility issues.


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