Make sites accessible and inclusive

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Make sites accessible and inclusive

Why is this important?

At McGill we aim to create an accessible, diverse, and inclusive campus, and this includes our digital spaces. Our websites must strive to be accessible and inclusive to all users.

Checklist of things to do

  • Format your content (text, images, video and other media) so that users with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive disabilities can access it
  • Review your site to ensure it meets Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) at launch and on an ongoing basis (see supporting resources below for details)
  • Include a wide range of members of your diverse community when soliciting feedback regarding your website(s)
    • Ensure users with disabilities are included in your usability testing
  • Provide easy access to alternate text formats of content
  • Make it easy for people to contact your department to report web accessibility problems
  • Consider the experience of users in locations with limited internet access (e.g. slow internet connections, limited multimedia capacity, older browsers, small-screen devices)

Diversity and inclusion considerations

  • Use gender-neutral language
  • Expand limited gender, race, ethnicity, religion and sex markers, e.g. Man/Woman/Non-binary. Always provide an "Other" option and an option for people who would prefer not to identify themselves, e.g. "Prefer not to say".

Supporting resources

Looking to learn more about how to build accessible websites? Navigate the tabs on the left to view our recommended resources.

Suggested resources from McGill's Accessibility Advisor

Alternative text resources

Time based media resources

Suggested webinars and training
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