Web Accessibility Implementation Model

  1. Organize a Web Accessibility Committee
  2. A group of individuals will be assembled to draft accessibility policies and to see the process through its implementation. These members are committed to the time necessary to see the process through. Other individuals may become a part of the committee to ensure long-term and continual support of UW-Whitewater's accessibility efforts.

    Key Committee Members:

    1. David Delgado (academic web sites and documents)
    2. Joel Herron (administrative and departmental web sites and documents)
    3. Daniel Weiss (application support)
    4. Carolyn Wilson (administrative and departmental web sites and documents)

    Future Committee Member(s):

    1. Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) Representative
  3. Define a standard – Web Accessibility Policy
  4. The committee will develop a formal web accessibility policy. This policy will define what web accessibility is and act as a planning guide for developers – they will know precisely what elements they must include in their design to meet the standard. Furthermore, this standard will serve as the template in any future monitoring effort.

    The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 1.0), published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Web Consortium (W3C), will serve as our basis in setting standards for web accessibility.

  5. Create an Implementation Plan
  6. Once a policy has been created, the following items will be addressed in the implementation plan:

    1. Establishing timelines: this will allow the committee to sequentially follow the tasks and duties that have been determined in the plan for all those participating in web accessibility at UW-W.
    2. Setting priorities in terms of what standards to achieve and on what timeline: these priorities will outline which pages will be required to be compliant, as well as the minimum requirements for established deadlines.
    3. Delegating responsibilities: this portion of the plan will breakdown each work group's purpose and task. As tasks are delegated to specific members of the main committee, subgroups may form. The Center for Students with Disabilities may be an integral part in helping to achieve our goals.
    4. Monitoring progress: this will give us the best assurance that reform will be successful and complete. A system will need to be developed to identify what web sites are compliant and which ones need modification. Continual checks (or reports) will need to be run to insure sites stay compliant.
  7. Provide Training and Technical Support
  8. Training is a critical element in the implementation and success of our coordination efforts. The training and support we provide will be absolutely necessary to help users fulfill the policies that have been established. Training will occur in-house and will not only focus on accessibility checks but how to create compliant css and html as well. How to create compliant Word and pdf documents will also be addressed.
    Our training will focus on the following three areas:

    1. The Issues of Web Accessibility: a frequently asked questions or check sheet will be provided with common problems and solutions, as well as links to additional information and support.
    2. UW-Whitewater's Personal Standards: logo use and style guidelines will be discussed.
    3. Coding and Multimedia Strategies and Techniques: compliant CSS and XHTML structure will be taught. Basic guidelines will be given to assure continual compliance once the user goes back to their office. Online tutorials and reference materials will also be made available.
  9. Monitor Conformance
  10. The strategies outlined in the monitoring process of our implementation plan will be executed. Problem areas will be addressed and support and training will be offered to alleviate them. Accessibility checking tools will be used and reports run to monitor overall compliance.