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Digital accessibility ensures that people with disables (ALL people, in fact) can perceive, navigate, understand, and interact with websites, documents, tools, and technologies.
Digital accessibility includes all disabilities, including, but not limited to, visual, auditory, physical, cognitive, neurological, and speech. Digital accessibility also optimizes usability, benefitting all users (mobile device use, slow internet connection, limitations caused by situation, temporary disability, etc.).
Accessibility, usability, and inclusion are closely related and good design addressed all three. Accessible documents and websites not only comply with legal requirements to provide equivalent user experience for people with disabilities, they also optimize user experience in general and support diversity by including as many users as possible. (W3C-WAI)
The University of Montana provides equal opportunity to its educational and administrative services, programs, and activities in accordance with federal and state law. This policy extends to the University’s electronic and information technologies and applies to their procurement, development, implementation and ongoing maintenance.
Ensuring equal and effective electronic and information technology access is the responsibility of all University administrators, faculty, and staff.
This is in accordance with federal and state laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the Amendments Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 508 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act as amended, and Title 18, Chapter 5, Part 603, and Title 18-5-604 and 49 of the Montana Code Annotated.
- From UM’s EITA Policies and Procedures