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 tim​​​​​e, 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

Basics

Forms

Glossary

  • The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has developed a comprehensive glossary and dictionary of all web-related terms.

HTML

  • 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.

Mobile

Multimedia

Information about file formats

PDF

Plain language

Tables

Web applications

2. Testing Tools and Resources

Accessibility

Colorblindness

  • Color Oracle is a free color blindness simulator for your computer.
  • Vischeck lets you check images or a web page for colorblind visibility.

Checklists

Information about file formats

Screen readers

  • 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).
  • The 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 usability glossary.
  • 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

5. Management Tools and Resources

2015 AccessU Presentation on Accessibility Strategy and Policy Driven adoption for Accessibility​ – PPTX (3 MB) – Presented at 2015 AccessU

EIR Accessibility Exception Request Template 1.0 - DOC (52.3 KB)

Accessibility Implementation Framework 2.0 – PPT (1.5 MB)

Materials from 2011 Leadership Conference for EIR Accessibility Coordinators and IRMs

View 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 W​​eb 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

Information about file formats