Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between web accessibility and web usability?


What is assistive technology?


How can an instructor check the accessibility of his or her website?


What is the difference between web accessibility and web usability?

Web accessibility refers to how well web content is processed by electronic and information technology (e.g., adaptive technology), and web usability refers to how well web content is understandable and easy to use.


What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology is the application of technology to accommodate people with disabilities, and is defined as ďany item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities Assistive Technology Act. Assistive technology can be low tech or high tech. Itís important for faculty to understand that individuals with disabilities may use assistive technology to access online content; and therefore, their course websites need to be usable by assistive technology devices.

How can an instructor check the accessibility of his or her website?

It is best to do a manual check for accessibility, but there are free resources that can help an instructor check the accessibility of a website, including: