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Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Resources

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible. Following these guidelines will make content accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these. Following these guidelines will also often make your Web content more usable to users in general.



If you work for the United States Federal Government, the State of California, or if you are an entity that would like to contract with a California state or local entity, your electronic content must be accessible.

Michigan State University

Need to find the right software and tools to conduct your own accessibility evaluations? There's a great list on this Michigan State University Evaluation and Validation page.

Additional Assistance


Captions are a great way to make content accessible for viewers. Subtitles and closed captions open up your content to a larger audience, including deaf or hard of hearing viewers or those who speak languages besides the one spoken in your video. Captions are usually referred to as OPEN or CLOSED. Open Captions are visible on the screen and can not be turned off. Closed Captions (CC) can be turned off, so that the viewer has the option whether or not to see them. How to deactivate them varies depending on the hardware and software in use.


YouTube offers an automatic caption feature for some videos. YouTube can use speech recognition technology to automatically create captions for your videos, so the quality of the captions may vary. Automatic captions are available in multiple languages. You may also edit the captions or allow viewers to caption and translate your content. To learn more use this link.

You may also create your own subtitles, upload existing subtitles or add a transcription. To learn more use this link.

Adobe Captioning Options

Adobe has professional software that can be used to create professional high quality captions in videos, presentations and other multimedia. To learn more about captioning options available through the suite of Adobe products see their support at the following link.


There are a number of tools that make it easier to evaluate the accessibility of a website or document.
Browser Plugins and Extensions

Firefox Extensions

Chrome Extensions

Internet Explorer Plugins

Online Tools

Screen Readers

Standalone Tools