ATI supports faculty and staff with reviewing websites, applications, and web-based course materials for accessibility. This includes but is not limited to Mason-hosted websites and applications, mobile apps, library databases, web-based forms, and surveys.
Web Accessibility Review Options
- Web Resource: A web resource is any web-based resource used in courses or as part of your services. This might include but is not limited to a web-based article or survey.
- Mason Website: Mason websites include any website hosted on a mason server.
- Web, Software, and Mobile Applications: Any software, mobile apps, and online tools such as Padlet or Quizlet, used in courses or as part of services provided to the Mason community.
- Select ‘Website/Software Tools Accessibility Review’ as the Reason for Request.
- Fill in all applicable information in the form.
- ATI will notify the submitter by email when the request is received and is processing.
We aim to complete all web accessibility reviews within a two-week period.
ATI staff prioritize web reviews for websites and applications used in
- Resources with a reported accessibility barrier
- Front-facing websites and applications providing essential services
- Courses with students with sensory impairments (i.e., blind, low vision, deaf, and/or hard of hearing) enrolled
- Degree programs with students with sensory impairments enrolled
A review of a website may include:
- Use of automated testing tools such as ANDI, Wave, AAC Toolkit, and DubBOT. Visit Do It Yourself Web Testing Tools for more information.
- Manual testing using Assistive technology including:
- Screen Reading Software (JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, Voice Assist)
- Screen Enlarging Software (Fusion, Windows Magnify, Zoom)
- Text-to-Speech Software (Read & Write, Natural Reader, Snap& Read)
- Voice Recognition (Dragon, Built-in Voice Control on Windows and Mac Operating Systems)
Specific pages reviewed and technologies used for the review will be included in the feedback provided.
Feedback provided for web accessibility reviews varies depending on the resource type and goal of the review.
- The requestor will receive an email with a brief explanation of relevant accessibility issues and recommendations regarding the resource’s use in their course.
- The ATI provides feedback on accessibility issues found on the site and recommendations for remediation. Feedback is delivered using the DubBOT Web Governance Software.
- The ATI contacts the requestor via email to set up an account and offer training and consultation on the use of DubBOT for tracking accessibility issues.
Web, Software and Mobile Applications
- The ATI provides a report detailing the functional accessibility of the application with assistive technologies, identifies potential barriers, and recommends alternative access plans when appropriate. The report will be delivered via email.