INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY ACCESSIBILITY (ICT)2020-12-03T11:59:36-06:00

Information and communications technologies (ICT) is a broad term that refers to all products and technologies that are used to create, access, manipulate, store, retrieve, transmit, or receive information and communications in a digital format. It is critical that ICT be accessible to all individuals.

IATP provides training on the importance, development, application, and integration of accessibility for information and communication technologies. Examples include:

  • Federal and state laws related to accessible ICT requirements and compliance
  • Organization infrastructure to address accessibility
  • How to develop accessible documents (i.e. Word, PDF, Power Point, Google Docs)
  • How to remediate inaccessible documents
  • Development of accessible multimedia and websites
  • Procurement policies
  • Accessible communications
  • Other technology and communication components related to ICT infrastructure

If you are interested in ICT Accessibility training or services, or wish to learn more about assistive technology users and tools they use to interact with ICT, please contact IATP using our Contact US options or email accessibility@iltech.org.

ICT Resources

External Resources Disclaimer:
IATP is providing a limited list of relevant links to resources for Accessible ICT and Accessible Educational Materials. As best as we try to make sure all of our suggested resources are accessible, we are not able to test all resources and sometimes when they are updated it creates new accessibility issues that we were not aware of during our posting. Please keep this in mind when navigating off of the IATP website to other resources. If you encounter a problem with a resource, we encourage you to directly contact the website developer and/or author(s) of the document.

Testing Tool Caution:
Please remember that all automatic testing tools only test about 40% of common accessibility issues. Testing tools are a significant first step in checking for accessibility issues. Keep in mind a passing report from an accessibility testing tool and/or a checklist does not mean that your website and/or document is 100% accessible.

Accessible ICT Laws, Standards, and Guidelines

Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act

U.S. Access Board – ICT Revised Section 508 Standards and Section 255 Guidelines

Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA)

ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325)

EN 301 549: The European Standard for Digital Accessibility

Web Accessibility Information

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1

W3C Introduction to Web Accessibility

WebAIM Introduction to Web Accessibility

The A11Y Project

W3C Easy Checks – A First Review

U.S. Web Design Systems (USWDS)

Automated Accessibility Testing Tools

Illinois – Getting Started : Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.1

WebAIM WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool

Color Contrast

Acart Communications Contrast Checker

Coblis Color Blindness Simulator

MSF&W Color Contrast Ratio Calculator

Paciello Group Colour Contrast Analyser

Social and Multimedia

Improving the Accessibility of Social Media in Government

WebAIM Captions, Transcripts, and Audio Descriptions

CADET – Caption and Descriptive Editing Tool

Lireo Designs – How to Add Alternative Text to Facebook Photos

Lireo Designs – 10 Things to Know About Twitter’s Alternative Text for Images

Electronic Documents

Word Documents

Microsoft Make your Word documents accessible

WebAIM Microsoft Word

Vision Australia Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT)

Google Docs Accessibility

PowerPoint

Microsoft – Make your PowerPoint presentations accessible

WebAIM PowerPoint Accessibility

W3C – How to Make Your Presentations Accessible to All

PDF

WebAIM PDF Accessibility

Adobe PDF Accessibility Overview

Procurement

GSA Guide to Buying Accessible Products and Services

PEAT Buy IT Guide for purchasing accessible technology

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)

Products

Adobe Accessibility

Apple Accessibility

Facebook Accessibility

Google Accessibility

Microsoft Accessibility Features and Tools

OpenOffice

Accessible Educational Materials

Illinois NIMAS-NIMAC Information

Illinois NIMAS-NIMAC Guidance: Obtaining Accessible Instructional Materials (PDF)

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)

CAST Universal Design for Learning Guidelines

National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) Cheatsheets

The Described and Captioned Media Program

Guidelines and Best Practices for Captioning Educational Video