Introduction to Website Accessibility



Understand how people with disabilities use the web, the frustrations they feel when they cannot access the web, and what you can do to make your sites more accessible.

Web Accessibility Initiative

WAI develops guidelines widely regarded as the international standard for Web accessibility, support materials to help understand and implement Web accessibility and resources, through international collaboration.

Disability Simulations

Understand how people with different types of disabilities use the web and the frustrations they feel when they cannot access websites due to their inaccessibility.

Color Blindness Simulation

Distractibility Simulation

Dyslexia Simulation

Low-Vision Simulation

Screen Reader Simulation

Accessibility Standards

This section includes resources that define reasonable standards for web accessibility such as the WCAG 2.0 guidelines. Guidelines such as these can be used to ensure that a business or government agency has an accessible presence on the Internet.

Understanding WCAG 2.0

A guide to understanding and implementing Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

WebAIM’s WCAG 2.0 Checklist for HTML documents

A checklist that presents WebAIM’s recommendations for implementing HTML-related principles and techniques for those seeking WCAG 2.0 conformance.

How to Meet WCAG 2.0

A customizable quick reference to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 requirements (success criteria) and techniques.

WAI-ARIA Overview

The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite defines a way to make web content and web applications more accessible to people with disabilities.

Practical ARIA Examples

This page provides several practical examples, which demonstrate proper usage of ARIA. Accessible Rich Internet Applications, also known as ARIA, provides a means of implementing accessibility features for HTML elements, which do not normally have them. ARIA is often used by web developers to provide dynamic content updates to users of screen readers and other assistive technologies. It can also be used to implement accessibility for non-HTML controls, such as sliders.

Section 508

Section 508 requires that all website content be equally accessible to people with disabilities. This applies to web applications, web pages and all attached files. It applies to intranet as well as public-facing web pages.


Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

U.S. Access Board

A federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology.

A Guide to Disability Rights and Laws

U.S. Department of Justice Section 508 page

FEMA’s Section 508 Awareness Course

Access 8878

ACCESS 8878 is a resource that supports the new British Standard BS 8878. BS 8878 Web Accessibility Code of Practice supports developers in producing web products that are accessible to a range of users.

Index of Government Guidelines for Web Sites- Standards Schmandards

This is a collection of links to guidelines regulating government web sites in various countries. These guidelines mainly deal with web accessibility and technical standards.


Accessibility Laws

Laws protecting the rights of people with disabilities to access digital services and content on the Internet make digital accessibility a reality.

Assistive Technology Act

A history of the Assistive Technology Act.

Section 504

What is section 504 and how does it relate to Section 508?

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Text of the Law (United States)

Section 225

Telecommunications access for people with disabilities.

The Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010

An act intended to increase the accessibility of video and other communications devices.

New DOT Rules Make Flying Easier for Passengers with Disabilities

In 2013, the United States Department of Transportation issued a ruling, which requires airlines to make their websites accessible to people living with disabilities.

State of Minnesota Statute on Visual Technology

Minnesota Department of Administration’s information regarding Minnesota’s Visual Technology Law

Mandate 376

European accessibility requirements for public procurement of products and services in the ICT domain.


Accessibility Litigation

This section gives the legal grounds that consumers have to litigate against businesses that don’t make their sites accessible.


This page contains links to laws and policies regarding web accessibility across the globe. It is not a comprehensive list for ALL applicable laws and policies regarding Web accessibility. Also, the links contained on this page are not to be assumed as legal advice.