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October 5, 2010

Accessibility website now live

The accessibility website that we have been working on for quite some time is now live - accessibility.umn.edu .

The UMN Brief describes the accessibility website as following:

A NEW ONLINE ACCESSIBILITY RESOURCE has been created by the U's Computer Accommodations Program--a partnership of Disability Services and the Office of Information Technology. Accessibility.umn.edu will be a "one stop" for creating accessible documents, presentations, and multimedia; taking a universal design approach to teaching with centrally supported technology; developing web content for users with a variety of learning styles, devices and adaptive technologies; seeking information on accessibility-related federal and Minnesota state laws, U policies, and international web guidelines; and satisfying curiosity about adaptive technologies.

The website has gotten quite a few mentions in various newsletters:

There have been 437 visits out of which 347 are unique visitors to date since it launched in late September 2010.

All of this is good news. Much of the success I think could be contributed to extensive content on the site that is easy to get to.

The vehicle that has made it possible for us to create the accessibility site is Contao CMS. With Contao it has been easy to separate the site design and content creation. Contao is also screen reader usable that enabled us to focus on content creation. Visit the Accessibility website today!