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




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



Information about file formats


Plain language


Web applications

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.


Information about file formats

Screen readers

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

    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

    7. EIR Accessibility Learning Management System

    The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) is pleased to announce a new learning management system, Access University from Level Access. The new, robust system is available at NO CHARGE to state agency employees and state funded institutions of higher education. 

    Access University is role based, with content that addresses accessibility topics for a multitude of positions where IT accessibility plays a role including:

    • Developers
    • Designers
    • QA
    • Engineers and Specialists
    • Content Authors
    • Procurement Staff
    • Managers
    • HR

    Enrolling for courses is easy.  Send your first name, last name, and State of Texas email address to support@levelaccess.com. Within 3 business days you will receive a confirmation email stating your account has been created and be given log in instructions. If you don't receive that info within 3 business days, please contact support@levelaccess.com.

    More information can be found at the following locations:

    Information about file formats