Testing Web Page Accessibility

As part of the ongoing efforts to ensure accessible web pages, Syracuse University has published an “Accessible Technology Toolkit”.

One of the most useful tools to check your web pages for accessibility is the WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool.

You can run the WAVE tool two different ways:

1) You may visit the WAVE WebAim website and paste in one web page address to test.

Wave URL


2) You may install the WAVE web Browser Extension in either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox and then click the button to initiate the accessibility scan on the page you are currently visiting.

WAVE Button


Results from the WAVE Test

You will be presented with your web page’s accessibility results upon submitting a URL or clicking a WAVE browser extension button.  While much detailed information is showing in these results, we will be prioritizing the correction of Errors that are reported here:

WAVE Results


New ITS Accessibility Offerings

ITS adds walk-in consulting and expands workshops for improving the accessibility of documents, web pages, and videos

SU seeks to ensure that all people regardless of individual ability or disability can effectively access University communications and technology. Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce their new Walk-in IT Accessibility Help Desk hours. New this semester, the IT Accessibility Help Desk provides consultation on related topics, including video captioning, remediation of your PDF, PowerPoint, or Word documents to ensure accessibility, and identifying and fixing accessibility issues on your website. This new service is available Mondays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the ITS Service Center, in room 1-227 Center for Science and Technology.

Accessibility training workshops available

ITS is accepting registrations for three training workshops that will build faculty and staff awareness of, sensitivity to, and proficiency in ensuring the accessibility of information communications and technologies. Creating Accessible Documents focuses on course materials and documents, Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility focuses on websites and online resources, and a new workshop called Video Captioning covers the basics of adding captions to video content.

The workshops will help participants understand accessibility, put it into practice on the job, and support Syracuse University’s efforts to ensure accessibility of documents, systems, and communications across campus.

The workshops will be presented by Sharon Trerise and Kara Patten from ITS’s Academic Services team at the dates, times, and locations shown below. Each session has space for 12 participants.
Seating is limited, so register early! There is high demand for this training, so registration is on a first-submitted, first-enrolled basis.

Learn more and register here for any of the workshops

Accessibility in Maxwell

Accessibility in the Global Collaboratory (Eggers Hall 060) was certainly a consideration during the renovation a few years ago.

Features of the Global Collaboratory  Include:

Global Collaboratory


  • Ramp from the hallway down to the presentation area
  • Widened row of desks at the hallway level for wheelchair access
  • Wireless microphones for in-room voice amplification
  • Wireless assisted listening earbud devices
  • Wireless keyboard and mouse for computer access
  • Adjustable height teaching station
  • Lowered touch-panel system for control of room devices

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