EIR Accessibility Tools, Training, and Related Resources
There are many tools and resources that can help your agency achieve EIR accessibility, and we make some of those available to you here. We hope you will find them helpful.
At the same time, because much of the following content was created by third parties, DIR can neither endorse the content, products, services, or viewpoints expressed by the linked files, nor assume any responsibility for the content of these presentations.
The following are resources grouped by user role or function:
1. Development Tools and Resources
US Web Design Standards (Draft)
Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List
Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) Accessibility Center for Electronic Information Resources offers a one-stop shop for standards, guidelines, policy, and procedures relating to accessibility.
- The federal government’s 508 Universe offers tools and resources to help implement
Section 508 standards.
aDesigner is a tool that Web authors can use to ensure that the webpages they create are accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
- Accessify.com offers useful
accessibility tools and wizards, including a quick page accessibility test, form builder, and YouTube caption creator.
Illinois Center for Information Technology and Web Accessibility provides a wide range of accessibility-related information including events, training, and best practices.
free accessibility tools and
accessibility-related articles on topics such as HTML, rich media, and training.
Web Accessibility Toolbar, provided by the Accessible Information Solutions (AIS) team of Vision Australia, streamlines the process of testing web pages for accessibility.
- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has developed a comprehensive
glossary and dictionary of all web-related terms.
- HTML5: This robust
technical specification for web developers facilitates accessibility.
- The Illinois Center for Information Technology and Web Accessibility provides a detailed list of
HTML best practices for developing accessible sites.
- Texas Workforce Commission developed the following documents pertaining to the benefits of multimedia, who is affected by multimedia inaccessibility issues, and what techniques are important for ensuring accessibility compliance with state law and international standards:
- WC3 presents
FAQs on making multimedia accessible—it's easier than you might think.
Audio Description Coalition has compiled Standards for Audio Description and a Code of Professional Conduct for Describers (requires free registration).
- W3C has a
summary of extended audio descriptions with examples, techniques, and related resources.
- The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media offers two versions of the
Media Access Generator (MAGpie) for creating captions and audio descriptions for rich media.
- Google has combined automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology with the YouTube caption system to offer
automatic captions, or auto-caps for short.
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2. Testing Tools and Resources
Color Oracle is a free color blindness simulator for your computer.
- Daltonize lets you check images or a web page for colorblind visibility.
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- Developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content,
JAWS reads aloud what is on the computer screen. Check WebAIM for tips on
using JAWS to evaluate web accessibility and a
list of JAWS keyboard shortcuts, especially for new or occasional JAWS users.
Windows-Eyes is a software application for the blind and visually impaired that converts components of the Windows operating system into synthesized speech allowing for complete and total access to Windows based computer systems.
VoiceOver is a built-in screen reader integrated into all Mac operating systems and products.
Standards and guidelines
- Section 508 requires federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Visit this site for detailed and summarized information on the
Section 508 Standards.
- All Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education are required to comply with Texas Administrative Codes
1 TAC 206 (State Websites) and
1 TAC 213 (Electronic and Information Resources).
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops guidelines widely regarded as the international standard for web accessibility including
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
3. Usability Tools and Resources
- Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Usability.gov is a guide for developing usable and useful websites.
UsabilityFirst.com is an online guide to usability resources including a
Discover 508 for SharePoint is a product that improves usability and accessibility of SharePoint sites for blind and visually impaired users performing core collaborative tasks, such as uploading documents, creating lists and libraries, managing users and groups, creating calendar events, editing Wiki content, etc.
- Jakob Nielsen’s
Usability Heuristics presents 10 general principles for user interface design.
4. Procurement and Resources
- View materials from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission EIR Accessibility Contract and Procurement Training program:
5. Management Tools and Resources
Materials from 2011 Leadership Conference for EIR Accessibility Coordinators and IRMs
WCAG 2.0 Tutorials and Presentations
Designate an EIR Accessibility Coordinator - IRM notifies DIR via online form.
6. DIR WCAG 2.0 Accessibility Web Scanning Program
DIR's WCAG 2.0 Web Accessibility Scanning Program provides free accessibility and QA scanning of up to 150 pages of agency public websites at no charge to participating agencies. This page contains details about the program and the enrollment MOU.
For additional information, contact the DIR's
Statewide EIR Accessibility Program Director
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